ENGL 360 - Studies in Non-Fiction (4)

The genre of "nonfiction" is named for what it isn't--it's not fiction. Which tells us only that it isn't made up. Which doesn't tell us very much at all. In this seminar then, we will draw from the rich tradition of nonfiction in order to appreciate the power and versatility of the genre. By studying contemporary examples of essays alongside historical ones, our primary course goal will be to understand and define "nonfiction" more specifically and generously, and the reading list will include "classic" essayists as well as examples of the lyric essay, literary journalism, and other work more difficult to categorize. Student writing--exercises and creative essays--will be an equally important part of the endeavor.