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Kelly Writers House Fellows Seminar: Saidiya Hartman, Erin Moure, Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris

ENGL 274.301
instructor(s):
Monday 2-5:00pm
fulfills requirements:
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major
Elective Seminar of the Standard Major

This is the 21st annual Kelly Writers House Fellows Seminar, which features visits by eminent writers as "Fellows" of the Kelly Writers House, the student-conceived writing arts collaborative at 3805 Locust Walk. The seminar is taught by Dr. Julia Bloch, Director of Creative Writing, and will include extended visits to the class by writer and theorist Saidiya Hartman; poet and translator Erín Moure; and journalists and podcasters Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris.

Throughout the semester we will study the work of these four 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 two- or three-paragraph statement by email to alily@writing.upenn.edu describing why they want to participate in this project, what academic (or perhaps non-academic) experience makes them especially eligible, and their relationship if any to the works of one (or more) of our Fellows. 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 four Fellows, and will take a comprehensive final examination. Participants must be available on three Tuesday mornings during the semester. The Writers House Fellows Program is made possible by a generous grant from Paul Kelly.