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Essays, Fragments, Collage: The Art of the Moment

ENGL 135.301
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Tuesday 1:30-4:30pm

Memory arrives in fragments. Truth erupts; it finds us. A button on a sweater flashes us back to a day of gift giving. A childhood book recalls the one who read the tale out loud. In this class we'll explore the moments of our lives through prompts that range from the tactile to the auditory, the documented to the whispered. We'll produce and share, each week, miniature essays. We'll create, as a final product, a curated memoir-in-essays. We'll take inspiration from writers such as Sonja Livingston, Beth Ann Fennelly, Terry Tempest Williams, Pam Houston, Charles D’Ambrosio, Leslie Jamison, Sallie Tisdale, Andre Dubus, Terrence Des Pres, James Baldwin, Helen Garner, and Lia Purpura. We'll host at least one important essayist.