Creative Nonfiction: People and Places ~ Duke Kunshan University
Wed. Oct. 9 (12 noon)
Last chance to submit a draft of your final project essay (this is required if you want to contribute the piece to the literary atlas)
M-Tu Oct. 14-15 (in class)
Annotation project due. (Presentations in both class sessions this week)
Fri. Oct. 18 (12 Noon)
Final project due. Submit e-copy only (.doc or .docx file).
Annotate a literary text with the goal of making it more fully “come alive” for a person reading it in a second language.
Answers to all the questions you may have about how this class works.
The official syllabus for WOC190, with a general description of the course and relevant school policies.
Find an interesting place in Kunshan — or another nearby area — and write a short essay that attempts to capture its essence.
Write a brief essay, either memoir or journalism, about an object related to your home or home culture, however you choose to define it.
Write a short essay, either memoir or journalism, about a character with a significant relationship to a place.
Joseph Mitchell’s famous 1942 profile of Joe Gould, the Greenwich Village eccentric who claimed to be writing a voluminous “Oral History of Our Time.”
English Romantic poet William Blake imagines: What if Hell were not a place of evil and punishment, but a country like any other? These proverbs, collected by an imaginary traveler journeying through the land of Hell, are imagined to reflect the culture and values of the people of Hell — though their meaning is cryptic and ambiguous.
Susan Orleans profiles a group of free-living teenage surfer girls in Hawaii.
Joseph Mitchell’s classic profile of a famous denizen of the 1930s Bowery.
Novelist Yiyun Li writes about her grandfather, his times, and his relationship with food.
Journalist Rick Bragg paints a vivid picture of the life of a small-town policemen in the rural South.
Sanders writes about the special relationship between his father and the fruit of a local tree.
Journalist Rick Bragg writes an ode to sweet iced tea, the archetypal Southern drink.
Author Yiyun Li recalls her first encounter with a Western luxury product in 1980s Beijing.
Joseph Mitchell’s classic piece of literary journalism, published in 1940, paints a vivid portrait of a neighborhood saloon in New York’s Lower East Side.