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Interdisciplinary Fiction

Semester and Year SP 2018
Course Number WRTNG-UG1543
Section 001
Instructor Matthew Baker
Days F
Time 12:30 PM - 3:15 PM
Units 4
Level U



A novel structured like a jazz composition. A novel narrated in comic book jargon. A collection of linked stories about a chemist, each centering on a different periodic element. In this workshop we will read and write interdisciplinary fiction: stories that incorporate subjectspecific language, forms, and concepts from other fields of study. Readings will include work that draws on the fields of psychology, biology, chemistry, music, mathematics, design and typography, architecture and urban planning, physics, religion, anthropology and sociology, history and cultural studies, and linguistics. To broaden class discussions, we will also look at fictional works from other fields—architectural fictions, fabricated religions, imaginary companies, music recordings by fake bands—examining the ways that fiction can hybridize with other disciplines on their home turf. Writing assignments will be designed to cater to the specific interests of each student, allowing you to experiment with whatever particular subjects that you’re most passionate about—ballet, astronomy, behavioral economics, anything. Over the course of the semester, each student in the workshop will produce two short stories, as well as a number of pieces of flash fiction.


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Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)