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Fall 2015 Course List

Generally speaking each course at Marlboro College requires a minimum number of contact hours with teaching faculty based on the credits to be earned.  Usually 50 minutes or more of weekly contact time per credit earned is required.  Contact time is provided through formal in-class instruction as well as other instructional activities facilitated by the teaching faculty member.

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Writing Seminars

 Writing Seminar: Exploring the New Journalism

HUM1392 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D38
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D38

Faculty: John Sheehy

In this course we will read and write journalism, both as it has been traditionally defined--e.g., the essay as it appears in magazines like The New Yorker, or the expository report as practiced in The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal--but also in the many variations on traditional journalism that have emerged since the 1960s: gonzo journalism, narrative nonfiction, radio essays, blogs, etc. Our goal will be to read (and listen to) as much interesting and provocative journalistic writing as possible, by writers like Jonathan Raban, Sarah Koenig, HunterThompson, Seymour Hersch, Annie Proulx, Jon Krakauer, Terry Tempest Williams, Jon Ronson, Susan Orlean and many, many more. Our goal, in the end, will not be so much to arrive at a narrow definition of journalism as to expand our own writing practice to include a range of styles, voices and angles of presentation. Expect to read a lot, to talk about all of it, and to write more. As this will be a writing seminar, we will write a lot, about the journalism we have read, and in journalistic pieces of our own. Discussion of the course texts will alternate with writing conferences, workshops, and work on grammar, style and structure.  Prerequisite: Permission of instructor


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
You Can't Make This Stuff UpGutkind9780738215549$16.99
Pocket Style Manual 7thHacker9781457642326$36.25
Telling True StoriesKramer9780452287556$17.00

 Writing Seminar: Ways of Telling - Reading Written & Visual Narratives

HUM1394 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D43

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

"The mind is its own place, the visible world is another, and visual and verbal images sustain the dialogue between them."   Wright Morris  When we think about narratives, we most often think of prose words that tell a story. But what happens when writers, novelists, memoirists, and nonfiction writers integrate images into their narratives: photographs archived in history museums, personal photographs, or evocative graphics that merge with the written text? In this writing seminar, we will investigate the elusive dialogue between words and visual images, and consider how we "read" or interpret both prose and pictures. Beginning with Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, a genre-bending autobiographical novel that explores the convergence of  memory and imagination, we will explore Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close  (a child's wild vision and wild hurt in confronting the cataclysm of  9/11), David Small's graphic memoir Stitches, Wright Morris's memoir The Home Place (a photo-text that takes us back to a single day in Wright's boyhood home in Nebraska), and Lynd Ward's Vertigo (a wordless novel of the Great Depression in woodcut prints). We will consider the point at which images enter the texts and examine how they act to undercut, reinforce, and/or expand the written narrative. Through lots of practice in writing, critiquing, and rewriting, we will work toward two of our main goals, to help you find a writing process that works well for you and to allow you to experience the value of language as a tool for thinking deeply and clearly. Prerequisite: None


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseFoer9780618711659$14.95
Home PlaceMorris9780803282520$14.95
Things they CarriedO'Brien9780618706419$15.95