English | Theory & Craft of Writing
W680 | 16383 | Upadhyay

W680  16383 UPADHYAY
Theory & Craft of Writing

9:30a – 10:45a TR



In this course we will explore the form of the novel, mostly by
writing it but also by reading—--in part or whole—-novels of varied
aesthetics, as well as one or two nonfiction books on the art of the
form. In the beginning, you will write and present a two-page
proposal on what you want your novel to do, and, more importantly,
what you want it to be.  Depending on the number of students, we
will try to workshop at least one novel section per class.  You will
also be asked to do a presentation on a novel of your choice that’s
not on our list-—a novel that has inspired you and might serve as
your ideal. By the end of the course you will have written the first
few chapters (minimum 100 pages) of a novel-in-making, with a
general idea of where you are going with the rest.

These are some of the novels we’ll be reading, in part or whole:

Alai, Red Poppies;;
Gita Mehta, A River Sutra;
Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation;
Kitty Fitzgerald, Pigotopia;
William Trevor, Felicia’s Journey;
Alice McDermott. Charming Billy;
Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day;
Edward P. Jones, The Known World;
Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance