Spring 2011


Listed in: English, as ENGL-17


Amity W. Gaige (Section 01)


This course is concerned with the problem of honesty in subjective expression.  We will study both fictional and non-fictional first person narratives.  Some narrators deliberately deceive, and some deceive without intending to.  How does an elusive understanding of the self make even an “honest” narrator’s project of telling harder, if not impossible?  Readings will include works by Kazuo Ishiguro, Vladimir Nabokov, Joseph Mitchell, Janet Malcolm, Lauren Slater, and Geoff Dyer.  Students will be required to produce both critical and creative writing.  Creative writing experience preferred.  Writing attentive. 

Students are asked to bring a creative writing sample to the first class.  For more information please consult the Creative Writing Center's Website: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/cwc/writing-courses

Limited to 15 students. Spring semester. Visiting Writer Gaige.

If Overenrolled: Writing sample


Artistic practice, Writing attentive


2015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2015