What defines a novel? And what does it mean to read one as a writer? How does a painter consider a painting or a photographer a photo? This readings class will study novels through the point of view of a practicing writer. We will read one novel a week, with the goal of exploring the ways in which long-form narratives are constructed, from chapter to chapter, from one movement to another—that is, the architecture of it. Please note: this is not a workshop. You will not be sharing your work. Consider the class an investigation into all the tools a writer has to create fiction, with the end goal of producing 2 - 3 chapters of the beginning of a novel as your final project.
Supplemental Application Information: Please submit ONLY a letter. I want to know what your favorite novel is and why; and why of all classes you want to take this one this fall. No writing samples. Again, please note: This is NOT a workshop.