Department of English

Edward Carey


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E 380F • Literature For Writers

34845 • Spring 2016
Meets M 100pm-400pm WAG 308

“It is hardly too much to say that these stories rank next to the Bible in importance,’’ W.H. Auden on the Brothers Grimm.

This seminar will examine the form of fairytales, why such stories have survived, what makes them so indelible, what inspiration they are to writers. Tracking the history of fairytales, the imagination of people for centuries stored in wonderful tales, the course will study the collection of the social historians the Brothers Grimm to the more personal, miserable autobiographical narratives of the tall, lonely and desperate Hans Christian Andersen, and to more modern practitioners, among them, Leonora Carrington, Angela Carter, Richard Kennedy and Helen Oyeyemi. We shall also spend some time on four very isolated European figures of literature, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Robert Walser, Bruno Schulz and Daniil Kharms, whose own painfully personal versions of fairytales are as shocking and original today as they were when they were when first published; astounding and unlikely works featuring disturbing automata, schools for servants, fathers who turn into stuffed and moth-eaten condors, and many old women who tumble out of windows.

We shall examine the simplicity of the form—it has been said that there is no fat on a fairy tale—its vibrancy, its sheer imagination, its cruelty and what lies beneath its seeming nonsense, often messages of a more sober and alarming content. We shall wonder over ugly sisters, evil stepmothers, simple brothers, hapless tailors, ‘ifrits, jinns, little red caps, decaying houses, depressed Christmas Trees, bluebeards, flying trunks, many thieves, mutilated bodies, a porcelain husband, and a flea who lived with a louse.  We shall learn the lessons of economy and plot that such tales have to teach writers of any sort of any genre.

Please note: participants will be required to write short fairytales of their own.

BOOKS:

THE COMPLETE GRIMM’S FAIRYTALES, introduced by Padraic Colum, commentary by Joseph Cambell

FAIRY TALES by Hans Christian Andersen, translated by Tiina Nunnally

CRW 355F • Advanced Fiction Workshop

33685 • Fall 2015
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm PAR 310

CRW 355F  l  Advanced Fiction Workshop [Certificate]

Instructor:  Harvey, J (Carey, E)

Unique #:  33685

Semester:  Fall 2015

Cross-lists:  n/a

Flags:  n/a

Restrictions:  CRW Certificate students

Computer Instruction:  No

Only one of the following may be counted: CRW 355F, 660, E 355K.

Prerequisites: CRW 340F (or E 341).

Description: We will discuss, criticize, and write short fiction. Students will read each other’s work with rigor and generosity. Students will write three original stories for class.

Class Policies: Stories will be submitted via e-mail to your fellow students the morning your story is due. Make sure your work is double-spaced and page-numbered.

Stories should be at least 8 pages and no longer than 25. No novel excerpts, please. All work must be original—both your own work, and written for this class. Please do not recycle work written for other courses.

Please do not write stories with characters invented by other authors. And, of course, do not submit work written by other people, even substantially rewritten. For the purposes of this class, I also ask that you do not allow other people to edit your work. For additional information on Academic Integrity, see http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sjs/acadint.php.

A workshop class is a community, if you do not show up to discuss your colleagues work, there’s no reason for them to read yours with any attention. Much of what you will learn about fiction will be from each other—you will see how actual readers interpret and respond to your work. If you miss the day of your own workshop you may receive an F for the assignment.

You may miss two classes without it affecting the final grade in your class. You will fail the class after four absences. Perfect attendance will improve your grade. Please let me know ahead of time if you know you will miss a class for any reason.

Please be on time to class. More than four late arrivals will affect your final grade.

Laptops are not allowed to be open and on during class. Please bring in hard copies of all notes you may need to consult.

All work must be original—that is both your own work, and written for this class. Please do not recycle work written for other courses. Do not submit work written by other people, even substantially rewritten. That includes characters and scenarios: please, no fan fiction or alternate versions of other people’s published work. If you have any questions, please talk to me. For additional information on Academic Integrity, see http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sjs/acadint.php.

FOR WORKSHOP: you are required to read the other students’ work and to type at least two paragraphs of respectful critical response. Please bring in two copies of your critiques, one for the author, and one for me in hard copy. If I don’t have a hard copy of your student critiques, they will be marked as missing. You are responsible for critiques even if you are absent for the workshop.

GRADING: Your final grade will be based on both your written work in the class, and also your participation. You will receive letter grades on written assignments.

EXTRA CREDIT: You may earn extra credit by attending readings by authors on campus or at local bookstores and writing a one-page response. If you are unsure of whether a writer qualifies or not, please ask me.

The breakdown of grading follows: FIRST STORY, 20%; SECOND STORY: 20%; THIRD STORY: 20%; REVISION: 10%; WRITTEN COMMENTS ON OTHER STUDENTS’ WORK: 15%; CLASS PARTICIPATION: 15%.

E F325F • Fiction Writing

83174 • Summer 2014
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1130am PAR 304

Instructor:  Harvey, J (Carey, E)

Unique #:  83174

Semester:  Summer 2014, first session

Cross-lists:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

E 325 (Topic 1: Creative Writing: Fiction) and 325F may not both be counted.

Prerequisites: C L 315, E 603B, 316K, or T C 603B.

Description: In this class, we will discuss, dissect, criticize, and write short fiction. We will examine through each other's work and through work previously written the possibilities of the short story. We shall examine topics such as character, dialogue, setting, plot and language. Students will read each other’s work with rigor and generosity.

Requirements & Grading: Attendance: Regular attendance is essential. A workshop class is a community, and if you don’t show up to discuss your colleagues’ work, there’s no reason for them to read yours with any attention.

You may miss two classes without it affecting the final grade in your class. You will fail the class after four absences. Perfect attendance will improve your grade. Please let me know ahead of time if you know you will miss a class for any reason.

Please be on time to class. More than four late arrivals will affect your final grade.

Please submit stories to the class via e-mail before class the day your story is due. I will send out an e-mail list after the first class meeting. Make sure your work is double-spaced and page-numbered.

Laptops are not allowed to be open and on during class. Please bring in hard copies of all notes you may need to consult.

All work must be original—that is both your own work, and written for this class. Please do not recycle work written for other courses. Do not submit work written by other people, even substantially rewritten. That includes characters and scenarios: please, no fan fiction or alternate versions of other people’s published work. If you have any questions, please talk to me. For additional information on Academic Integrity, see http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sjs/acadint.php 

FOR WORKSHOP: you are required to read the other students’ work and to type at least two paragraphs of respectful critical response. Please bring in two copies of your critiques, one for the author, and one for me in hard copy. If I don’t have a hard copy of your student critiques, they will be marked as missing. You are responsible for critiques even if you are absent for the workshop.

GRADING: WRITTEN COMMENTS ON OTHER STUDENTS’ WORK: 15%; CLASS PARTICIPATION: 15%; FIRST STORY: 15%; SECOND STORY: 20%; THIRD STORY: 25%; each story must be a minimum of six pages, double-spaced.

E 325F • Fiction Writing

35220 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 210

Instructor:  Harvey, J (Carey, E)            Areas:  IV / U

Unique #:  35220            Flags:  Writing

Semester:  Spring 2012            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  n/a            Computer Instruction:  No

E 325 (Topic 1: Creative Writing: Fiction) and 325F may not both be counted.

Prerequisites: C L 315, E 603B, 316K, or T C 603B.

Description: In this class, we will discuss, dissect, criticize, and write short fiction. We will examine through each other's work and through work previously written the possibilities of the short story. We shall examine topics such as character, dialogue, setting, plot and language. Students will read each other’s work with rigor and generosity.

Requirements & Grading: Attendance: Regular attendance is essential. A workshop class is a community, and if you don’t show up to discuss your colleagues’ work, there’s no reason for them to read yours with any attention.

You may miss two classes without it affecting the final grade in your class. You will fail the class after four absences. Perfect attendance will improve your grade. Please let me know ahead of time if you know you will miss a class for any reason.

Please be on time to class. More than four late arrivals will affect your final grade. 

Please submit stories to the class via e-mail before class the day your story is due. I will send out an e-mail list after the first class meeting. Make sure your work is double-spaced and page-numbered.

Laptops are not allowed to be open and on during class. Please bring in hard copies of all notes you may need to consult.

All work must be original—that is both your own work, and written for this class. Please do not recycle work written for other courses. Do not submit work written by other people, even substantially rewritten. That includes characters and scenarios: please, no fan fiction or alternate versions of other people’s published work. If you have any questions, please talk to me. For additional information on Academic Integrity, see http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sjs/acadint.php 

FOR WORKSHOP: you are required to read the other students’ work and to type at least two paragraphs of respectful critical response. Please bring in two copies of your critiques, one for the author, and one for me in hard copy. If I don’t have a hard copy of your student critiques, they will be marked as missing. You are responsible for critiques even if you are absent for the workshop.

GRADING: WRITTEN COMMENTS ON OTHER STUDENTS’ WORK: 15%; CLASS PARTICIPATION: 15%; FIRST STORY: 15%; SECOND STORY: 20%; THIRD STORY: 25%; each story must be a minimum of six pages, double-spaced.

E 341 • Short Story Workshop

35285 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 330pm-500pm CAL 419

Instructor:  Harvey, J (Carey, E)            Areas:  IV / U

Unique #:  35285            Flags:  Writing

Semester:  Spring 2012            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  n/a            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: English 325F.

Description: We will discuss, criticize, and write short fiction. Students will read each other’s work with rigor and generosity. Students will write either three original stories for class, or two original stories and one substantial revision.

Requirements & Grading: Stories will be submitted via e-mail to your fellow students the morning your story is due. Make sure your work is double-spaced and page-numbered.

Stories should be at least 8 pages. No novel excerpts, please. All work must be original—both your own work, and written for this class. Please do not recycle work written for other courses. Please do not write stories with characters invented by other authors. And, of course, do not submit work written by other people, even substantially rewritten. For the purposes of this class, I also ask that you do not allow other people to edit your work. For additional information on Academic Integrity, see http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sjs/acadint.php. 

A workshop class is a community, if you do not show up to discuss your colleagues work, there’s no reason for them to read yours with any attention. Much of what you will learn about fiction will be from each other—you will see how actual readers interpret and respond to your work. If you miss the day of your own workshop you may receive an F for the assignment.

You may miss two classes without it affecting the final grade in your class. You will fail the class after four absences. Perfect attendance will improve your grade. Please let me know ahead of time if you know you will miss a class for any reason.

Please be on time to class. More than four late arrivals will affect your final grade.

Laptops are not allowed to be open and on during class. Please bring in hard copies of all notes you may need to consult.

All work must be original—that is both your own work, and written for this class. Please do not recycle work written for other courses. Do not submit work written by other people, even substantially rewritten. That includes characters and scenarios: please, no fan fiction or alternate versions of other people’s published work. If you have any questions, please talk to me. For additional information on Academic Integrity, see http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sjs/acadint.php.

FOR WORKSHOP: you are required to read the other students’ work and to type at least two paragraphs of respectful critical response. Please bring in two copies of your critiques, one for the author, and one for me in hard copy. If I don’t have a hard copy of your student critiques, they will be marked as missing. You are responsible for critiques even if you are absent for the workshop.

GRADING: Your final grade will be based on both your written work in the class, and also your participation. You will receive letter grades on written assignments.

EXTRA CREDIT: You may earn extra credit by attending readings by authors on campus or at local bookstores and writing a one-page response. If you are unsure of whether a writer qualifies or not, please ask me.

The breakdown of grading follows: FIRST STORY: 25%; SECOND STORY: 25%; THIRD STORY/REVISION: 20%; WRITTEN COMMENTS ON OTHER STUDENTS’ WORK: 15%; CLASS PARTICIPATION: 15%.

Documented Disability Statement: The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with dis­abilities. For more information, contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 471-6259 (voice) or 232-2937 (video phone) or http://www.utexas.edu/diversity/ddce/ssd

E 325F • Fiction Writing

35190 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm PAR 302

E 325 (Topic 1: Creative Writing: Fiction) and 325F may not both be counted.

Prerequisites: C L 315, E 603B, 316K, or T C 603B.

Description: In this class, we will discuss, dissect, criticize, and write short fiction. We will examine through each other's work and through work previously written the possibilities of the short story. We shall examine topics such as character, dialogue, setting, plot and language. Students will read each other’s work with rigor and generosity. 

Requirements & Grading: Attendance: Regular attendance is essential. A workshop class is a community, and if you don’t show up to discuss your colleagues’ work, there’s no reason for them to read yours with any attention.

You may miss two classes without it affecting the final grade in your class. You will fail the class after four absences. Perfect attendance will improve your grade. Please let me know ahead of time if you know you will miss a class for any reason.

Please be on time to class. More than four late arrivals will affect your final grade.

Please submit stories to the class via e-mail before class the day your story is due. I will send out an e-mail list after the first class meeting. Make sure your work is double-spaced and page-numbered.

Laptops are not allowed to be open and on during class. Please bring in hard copies of all notes you may need to consult.

All work must be original—that is both your own work, and written for this class. Please do not recycle work written for other courses. Do not submit work written by other people, even substantially rewritten. That includes characters and scenarios: please, no fan fiction or alternate versions of other people’s published work. If you have any questions, please talk to me. For additional information on Academic Integrity, see http://deanofstudents.utexas.edu/sjs/acadint.php 

FOR WORKSHOP: you are required to read the other students’ work and to type at least two paragraphs of respectful critical response. Please bring in two copies of your critiques, one for the author, and one for me in hard copy. If I don’t have a hard copy of your student critiques, they will be marked as missing. You are responsible for critiques even if you are absent for the workshop.

GRADING: WRITTEN COMMENTS ON OTHER STUDENTS’ WORK: 15%; CLASS PARTICIPATION: 15%; FIRST STORY: 15%; SECOND STORY: 20%; THIRD STORY: 25%; each story must be a minimum of six pages, double-spaced.

E 385N • Creatv Writing: Wrkshp In Fict

35585 • Fall 2011
Meets T 600pm-900pm CAL 221

Course description to be announced.

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