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Kelly Wrtiers House Fellows Seminar: Contemporary American Literature

ENGL 285.301
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M 2-5:00

This is the fourth annual Kelly Writers House Fellows Seminar, which features visits by very eminent writers as "Fellows" of the Kelly Writers House, the student-conceived writing arts collaborative at 3805 Locust Walk. The seminar is taught by Professor Al Filreis, Class of 1942 Professor of English and Faculty Director of the Writers House, and will include extended visits to the class by National Book Award-winning novelist Michael Cunningham; John Ashbery, widely acknowledged as among the few most important living American poets; and the eminent African American playwright (A SOLDIER'S PLAY, among others), Charles Fuller. Throughout the semester we will study the work of these three writers--and some of the materials "around" them that make the particular contemporary context in which each operates so compelling. Enrollment in the course is strictly limited. Students will be enrolled only by permit of the instructor and are asked to send a one- or two-paragraph statement by email to whfellow@english.upenn.edu describing why they want to participate in this project and what academic (or perhaps non-academic) experience makes them especially eligible. Participants will write frequent short position papers; will engage in team projects following up each of the Fellows' visits; will be involved in interviewing the three Fellows; and will take a comprehensive final examination. The Writers House Fellows program is made possible by a generous grant from Paul Kelly. The 2001 Fellows syllabus is here: http://www.english.upenn.edu/~afilreis/Fellows/. The 2001 Fellows are described here: http://www.english.upenn.edu/~whfellow/, including links to digital video files of the writers' visits.