Section 2: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 1:00-1:50 PM
Professor: Todd McKinney
This special topics course will be an examined study of writing lyrical prose. What is it? Why is it a useful mode of expression? What makes a text lyrical? How do we write lyrical prose? How does lyric prose manifest itself in different genres? Of course, behind each of those questions are a hundred others regarding the use of lyrical writing, and we will use this class to explore those and, I hope, find many more as we navigate the dissonant borders between nonfiction, poetry, and fiction, our lyres tuned (or not), readied to accompany our voices as we essay our songs and sing our stories, all the while walking down Main St. in our Dionysian clothes while making our gypsy noise and ignoring the onlookers’ glares. Or something like that.
Assignments will include writing exercises, drafts of original work, critical responses, workshop critiques, and a final revision project.
Possible Texts: Bluets by Maggie Nelson, Citizen by Claudia Rankine, The Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch, The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald