ENGLISH 290 - Themes in Language and Literature
Section: 005 Zell Visiting Writers Series
Term: FA 2013
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Course Note:
This course is designed to introduce students to literature through a thematic approach.
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

The Zell Visiting Writers Series brings some of the most exciting writers working today to the University of Michigan. In this introductory creative writing course students will use the ZVWS as a lens through which to view the landscape of contemporary literature, considering the themes, forms, and styles that define our moment in literary history as they read samples of visiting writers’ work and attend the ZVWS readings.

Good writing finds the universal in the particular, the timeless in the present — even when that present is busy with Grand Theft Auto, vampires, and alligator theme parks. Over the course of the term, students will tease out the concerns, challenges, and approaches shared by the semester’s line-up of visiting writers, and will learn how poems, stories, and essays can illuminate their own experiences. Assignments will include research and presentation on a visiting writer, an interview with a writer of interest, and short imitations, creative responses, and reviews in response to selected readings. The course will culminate with a final portfolio inspired by the ZVWS.

Class Format:

Class Class meetings will be devoted to

  • discussions of reading and listening assignments
  • sharing and critiquing imitations, creative responses, and reviews
  • presentations on visiting writers and conversations with guest artists

ENGLISH 290 - Themes in Language and Literature
Schedule Listing
002 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (LEC)
W 5:00PM - 8:00PM
004 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
005 (LEC)
Th 3:00PM - 6:00PM
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Coursepack Location:
I will upload selected readings to CTools, so that you can read them on an electronic reader, or print them out, as you prefer. You may choose to buy copies of the books; they are in stock at Nicola's Books, and can be ordered from Literati Bookstore. Many of them will also be on reserve at Shapiro Library.
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