Section 1: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 2:00-2:50 PM
Professor: Jeff Frawley
This section of Advanced Fiction will focus on alternate universes in literary fiction. We’ll study how these alternate universes can be utilized in both realistic and non-realistic fiction, while exploring a range of styles and genres, including literary short fiction, revisionist fairy tales, tall tales, sci-fi, and dystopian fiction. Rather than studying genre conventions, we’ll spend time discovering how alternate worlds can be used to explore “real-life” dramas and issues. Students will complete several writing activities to craft their own unique fictional worlds. The semester will culminate in the production of a final portfolio, including a substantial piece of fiction that contains or takes place in a purposeful alternate universe. Throughout the semester, small group workshops and conferences will be used to provide feedback on drafts and writing exercises. This course will be both reading- and writing-intensive, and most meetings will include extensive discussions on readings.
Possible Texts: The Metamorphosis; Never Let Me Go; Bloodchild; Kissing the Witch; Invisible Cities