Inscribing the Body: Embodiment and the Performance of Identity in Creative Writing

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Winter 2019
Credits per quarter

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creative writing, poetics, aesthetics, media/performing arts

In what ways is writing necessarily gendered? Or raced? Or seen through the lens of class?  This class will take up "the body" as a site of radical cultural production as expansively as possible, considering some of the forms in which bodies are othered through language, including through discourses of disability, gender performance, and other zones of often-felt difference and social dislocation. Though this is primarily a creative writing class, our writing will push itself outside its usual modes of expression. We will explore texts anthologized in the recent collection Troubling the Line, as well as in past collections, such as texts from The Black Arts Movement.  We will discuss and critique the rich tradition of "somatic" practices in the world of performance and live art and we will familiarize ourselves with important recent experiments in poetry and prose by authors such as kari edwards, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, and Renee Gladmann. Our end goal will be to curate a show and live reading that provides us a space to test out some of our textual experiments.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in: Arts, activism, graduate study

Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Scheduled for: Evening

Located in: Olympia

Advertised schedule:

Tue/Fri 6-8pm