Approaches to Non-fictional Prose
MWF, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
This course explores literature of exploration both in the natural wilderness and in the wildernesses of culture and politics, considering topics including mountain climbing, surfing, manual labour and craftsmanship, environmentalism, psychology, sexism and racism. This class has a relatively large amount of reading. Coursework will be writing intensive and intended to encourage students to find and explore adventure in their own lives.
Texts include: Wild, Cheryl Strayed; Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates; Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit; Into the Wild, Jon Kracauer; Barbarian Days, William Finnegan; Shopclass as Soulcraft, Matthew Crawford; The Gardener and the Carpenter, Alison Gopnik; Don’t Think of an Elephant, George Lakoff; Letter to my Nephew, James Baldwin; Dear Ijeawele, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; The Eel, Patrik Svensson.