LHSP 228 - What is Writing?
Section: 001 Innocence, Experience, and Deceit
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Lloyd Hall Scholars Program (LHSP)
Department: LSA Lloyd Hall Scholars
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
A maximum of 20 LHSP credits may be counted toward a degree.
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Completion of the First-Year Writing Requirement.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In 1995 Binjamin Wilkomirski’s Holocaust “memoir” Fragments was published to rave reviews. Critics in Europe and the United States mentioned the author in the same breath as Elie Wiesel, Primo Levi, and Anne Frank. Soon, however, reports circulated questioning the veracity of Wilkomirski’s account, and in the ensuing years, a Swiss historian found that Wilkomirski had fabricated the material: he was not, as his memoir claimed, a Holocaust survivor; nor, as he claimed, was he a Jew. Contained within the Wilkomirski Affair, as it came to be called, are knotty ideas about what we expect from writing and how we categorize it. Were Wilkomirski’s book billed, for example, as a novel (i.e. a work of fiction), how might the public reaction have differed? What does it mean for an author to falsely claim firsthand experience with an immense historical tragedy?

In this course we’ll explore the concept of truth and genre by examining our assumptions about why and how we read certain writings certain ways. Our wide-ranging readings include Genesis, Macbeth, the poetry of T.S. Eliot, a Mario Vargas Llosa novel, Plato, the western True Grit, Tolstoy’s essays on art, and short stories by Kafka and Borges. Students will write three essays and bi-weekly response papers.

LHSP 228 - What is Writing?
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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228 students, 
Two of the books you'll need are out-of-print. They can be got cheaply through Abe Books (abebooks.com). The books are Mario Vargas Llosa's "The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta" and Binjamin Wilkomirski's "Fragments." Also, any of the books I've ordered through the bookstore can be gotten through Abe Books; the Defoe book and Macbeth, in particular, should be quite cheap ordered through the web.
ISBN: 9780915145232
Five dialogues, Author: Plato ; translated by G.M.A. Grube., Publisher: Hackett Pub. Co. 1981
ISBN: 0140714782
Macbeth, Author: Shakespeare, Publisher: Penguin PELICAN
ISBN: 0451526848
The waste land and other poems, Author: T.S. Eliot ; selected and with an introduction by Helen Vendler., Publisher: Signet Classic 1998
ISBN: 0140430156
A journal of the plague year : being observations or memorials of the most remarkable occurrences, as well public as private, which happened in London during the last great visitation in 1665 ; written by a citizen who continued all the while in London ; never made public before, Author: Daniel Defoe : Ed. by Anthony Burgess ..., Publisher: Penguin Books Repr. 1981
ISBN: 9780393328042
A contract with God and other tenement stories : a graphic novel, Author: by Will Eisner., Publisher: W.W. Norton 2006
ISBN: 9780393328042
metamorphosis, Author: kafka, Publisher: penguin classics
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