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Kelly Writers House Fellows: Amitav Ghosh, Caroline Bergvall, Doug Glanville

ENGL 274.301
instructor(s):
Monday 1:45-4:45pm
fulfills requirements:
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major
Elective of the Standard Major
Elective Seminar of the Standard Major

This is the 22nd 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 Professor Al Filreis, Kelly Professor of English and Faculty Director of the Writers House, and will include extended visits to the class by novelist Amitav Ghosh, poet and installation/performance artist Caroline Bergvall, and memoirist and essayist about race in baseball (and former Phillies center fielder) Doug Glanville. Throughout the semester we will study and discuss 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 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 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' in-person visits; will be involved in interviewing the three Fellows; and will take a comprehensive final examination.