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Writing on Borderlines

Semester and Year SP 2012
Course Number WRTNG-UG1330
Section 001
Instructor Victoria Blythe
Days Mon,Wed
Time 4:55 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement


This course will examine "borderline cases," those types of writing that balance precariously between one genre and another, for example, between fiction and non-fiction. We will look into such literary hybrids as the prose poem (Baudelaire et al.); journalistic-fiction (J. Barnes, Didion, D.F. Wallace); fictional journals (Rilke, Nin); such literary imposters as the faux-autobiography (Stein/Toklas), the discovered manuscript (Borges) and the imaginary portrait (Pater). We will attempt to distinguish and work with what Virginia Woolf calls (in her essay on biography) the truth of fact and the truth of fiction. Students will have the opportunity to engage in various borderline writing exercises and to bring one original borderline case to conclusion by the end of the course.



Course Type

Advanced Writing Courses (WRTNG-UG)

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