Intro Writing & Study of Literature

TOPIC: Generational Stories

Professor: Hedin



This course will focus on generational stories: stories that address various relationships between generations (family; parent-child; adult-child). The assumption behind this course is that these relationships are central to most of us and that we can benefit from looking at stories that clarify (and complicate) the way we understand them. We will also look at works that are recognized as effectively capturing the mood of an entire generation.

We will address these topics through stories because stories are the primary mechanism by which individuals and cultures make sense of everything that matters to them. So I will begin with a lecture on the way that stories do make sense of things; the sense- making power of stories (along with the factors that complicate sense-making) will continue as a focus throughout the course. We will then turn to a wide range of stories and forms - fairy tales, short stories and novels, films, television - in which generational issues are addressed.

There will be two lectures a week, plus two discussion sections. Students will be expected to write two essays, a mid-term exam, a final exam, and frequent quizzes and exercises. One of the essays may be based n the student's interview of someone of a different generation. Shorter readings will be available either through e-reserve or oncourse; the details will be provided in discussion section. Students will be expected to have read the assigned material by the first day on which it is to be addressed in lecture.

Grades will be determined on the following basis:

Course Materials: This is not a definitive list, though it is close: email after Dec. 1st for final list.