New Summer 2021 Nonfiction Courses

NEW SUMMER 2021 NONFICTION COURSES:

 

* THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Emily Hipchen
Director of Nonfiction Writing,
Senior Lecturer in English 
ENGL1190Y, Editing as Revision
(CRN 60020)

(Arranged) ONLINE

This fully gamified course, organized by historically-based writing guilds and their competitors in bookselling, introduces students to content, copy, and proofs editing as revision praxis. Students will edit publishable texts inside an imaginative game-world, learning editing strategies that help expert authors revise scholarly nonfiction—strategies students will find useful in working with their own writing as well. A writing sample required. Class list will be reduced to 17 after writing samples are reviewed. Prerequisite: ENGL0930 or any 1000-level nonfiction writing course. Preference will be given to English concentrators. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. Open to juniors and seniors only. Instructor permission required. S/NC. 

NEW SPRING 2021 NONFICTION COURSES:

Emily Hipchen
Director of Nonfiction Writing,
Senior Lecturer in English 
ENGL1140F, Critiquing the Cultures of Kinship
(CRN 26278)

K hour (T/Th 2:30-3:50 pm) ONLINE

What produces family relations outside blood-kinning? What binds "normal" families, and how are ideas of origin tied to the "normal"? Students will write researched essays that address literary and cultural representations of families that cohere without blood kinship—including Superman, Jane Eyre, Elf, Steve Jobs, and Frankenstein—probing the impact of practices and technologies that produce enfamilied selves outside biogenesis. Open to juniors and seniors. Writing sample required. Prerequisite: ENGL 0930 or any 1000-level nonfiction writing course. Class list will be reduced to 12 after writing samples are reviewed during the first week of classes. Preference will be given to English concentrators. Instructor permission required. S/NC. 

Jonathan Readey
Associate Director Nonfiction Writing Program,
Senior Lecturer in English 
ENGL 1180W: Writing About History
(CRN 24840)
Q Hour (Thursday 4-6:30 pm) ONLINE

This course introduces students to the practice of writing about history, including crafting news, features, and memoir pieces. Readings include works by Jill Lepore, Ta-Nehisi Coates, David McCullough, Iris Chang, Henry Louis Gates Jr., John Hersey, W.E.B. Du Bois, and others. Students will strengthen skills in primary and secondary research, interviewing, writing, and revision, utilizing Brown's libraries and other archives. Prerequisite: ENGL 0930 or any 1000-level nonfiction writing course. Class list reduced to 17 after writing samples are reviewed during the first week of classes. Preference will be given to English concentrators. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval. S/NC.