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Spring 2018-2019
* ENG 317 (LA)   na, npdf

Historical Fiction / Fictional History

Sarah A. Chihaya
Monica Huerta

Authors and theorists of contemporary fiction have turned to various modes of fictionality, speculation, and the counterfactual to address and encounter gaps in the historical record, even if not to fully recover experiences lost to time. "Historical Fiction / Fictional History" will introduce students to literary and critical methods by toggling between "historical" and "fictional" texts, and ask them to experiment creatively with their own narrative voices. This course includes a mandatory field trip on 2/26 to see "Hamilton" in New York.

Sample reading list:
Toni Morrison, Beloved
Kyle Baker, Turner
Saidiya Hartman, Lose Your Mother
W.G. Sebald, Rings of Saturn
Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children
Julia Alvarez, In the Time of Butterflies

Reading/Writing assignments:
On average, we will read one novel per week. This course will require a series of 3 short creative writing assignments (3 pages each), an in-class presentation, and a final paper (6-8 pages).

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
United States Travel Required
Open to First Year Undergraduates and Sophomores Only.

Other information:
ENG Major Distribution Area: Modernity and/or Diasporas

Reserved Seats:
Sophomores Only 8

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42328 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:15