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Outsider in the City: Writing Your New York Story

Semester and Year FA 2018
Course Number WRTNG-UG1314
Section 001
Instructor Meera Nair
Days F
Time 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Units 4
Level U



New York has always inspired writing about people finding their feet in this vast metropolis. This course invites you to discover writers who have used New York as a setting or as a controlling metaphor to create stories and essays and to use field trips as an inspiration to write your own. We will look at how different writers have developed their representations of New York. We will study the city's glamorous gala goers, it teeming ethnicities, its under-classes, its vibrant diversity and accompanying tensions. We will consider how the city, its people and its spaces are mediated and created through fiction and nonfiction and consider common themes and connections in the many literary iterations of New York. Simultaneously, we will try and imagine our own New York and people it with our own characters and events we create and through a blog that connects the experience of the texts with the site visits. Readings may include Jennifer Egan, Bernard Malamud, Edwidge Danticat, Gish Jen, Atticus Lish, Oscar Hujelos, Colson Whitehead, Ta-Nahesi Coates, Akhil Sharma and Suketu Mehta.


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Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)