ENGLISH 221 - Literature and Writing Outside the Classroom
Section: 005 Collaboration Creativity and Citizenship
Term: WN 2019
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This project-based course will work in close collaboration with the Neutral Zone (Ann Arbor’s center for teens) and its community partners as it explores the themes of Claudia Rankine’s acclaimed book, Citizen: An American Lyric, culminating in a month-long program of thought-provoking events that encourage people to navigate issues of identity, community, and, of course, citizenship. Who’s in and who’s out? What does it mean (not) to belong? Who polices boundaries and borders, and how do assess our own culpability and positive engagement in perpetuating and questioning these social perimeters? How do we work together to learn to live together?

Students will be asked to produce their own creative and reflective work, to promote the creative engagement and thoughtful reflection of other participants, and to facilitate in diverse ways the implementation of the overarching program (“Neutral Zone Presents: NEA Big Reads in Ann Arbor”). There will be opportunities to work with (at this point) the Neutral Zone staff and teens, the Ann Arbor District Library, Literati Bookstore, multiple Ann Arbor middle schools and high schools, and various University of Michigan academic units.

ENGLISH 221 - Literature and Writing Outside the Classroom
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
Tu 12:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: The instructor will email with the room location before the first day.
002 (REC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
005 (REC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 0141981776
Citizen : an american lyric, Author: Rankine, Claudia (1963-), Publisher: Penguin Books 2015
ISBN: 9781319040161
The practice of creative writing : a guide for students, Author: Sellers, Heather, 1964-
ISBN: 0307488586
Naming the world : and other exercises for the creative writer, Publisher: Random House 2007
ISBN: 0989020517
Uncommon Core : contemporary poems for learning and living, Publisher: Red Beard Planet 2013
If you get a copy of Uncommon Core: Contemporary Poems for Learning and Living, consider also picking up a copy of this: Kass, Jeff. A Teacher?s Guide to Uncommon Core. Ann Arbor, MI: Red Beard Press, 2014.
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