Section 1: Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-4:45 PM

Professor: Silas Hansen

This class will focus on fraudulent artifacts and appropriated forms—stories, essays, and poems that utilize the craft techniques, genre conventions, and structures of other types of writing: atlases, maps, Facebook profiles, syllabi, quizzes, Craigslist Missed Connections posts, Twitter feeds, etc. You will read a wide array of stories, essays, and poems (as well as work that blends and blurs the boundaries of genre) that fit this description, study them to figure out how they work, and then write your own choose-your-own-adventure poems or roommate ad essays or Ikea direction short stories. Assignments will include reading responses/quizzes, writing exercises, workshop submissions, peer responses, and a final portfolio of your work.

Possible texts include (1) Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlasby Rebecca Solnit, (2) Fakes: The Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, “Found” Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts ed. by David Shields and Matthew Vollmer, (3) Important Artifacts and Personal Property of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelryby Leanne Shapton, (4) Michael Martone’s The Blue Guide to Indiana, and (5) Elena Passarello’s Animals Strike Curious Poses.

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