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Kelly Writers House Fellows Seminar: Art Spiegelman, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Jerome Rothenberg

ENGL 274.301
instructor(s):
M 2-5
Arts Cafe of Kelly Writers House
fulfills requirements:
Sector 1: Theory and Poetics of the Standard Major
Elective Seminar of the Standard Major

This is the tenth 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, Kelly Professor of English and Faculty Director of the Writers House, and will include extended visits to the class by Art Spiegelman (the brilliant comix novelist and author of Maus), Lynne Sharon Schwartz (award-winning novelist who has published 19 books and whose 9/11 novel Writing on the Wall won the Best Literary Fiction prize), and Jerome Rothenberg (poet, critic, anthologist, experimentalist, performer, translator, founder of ethnopoetics).

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 afilreis@writing.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.