Monday, January 30, 2017

SP17 IMF55603 Prose Collection (Essay): David Foster Wallace - Kelli Allen

Online Class
IMF 55603 Prose Collection (Essay): David Foster Wallace

Instructor: Kelli Allen

Class Type: Literature

Course Description:
In David Foster Wallace’s Consider the Lobster and Other Essays we will learn why there is gravitas in the porn industry’s annual awards banquet, why Kafka was secretly hilarious, what really happens when we cook a lobster, and how John McCain’s passion for politics is strangely, violently tender, among other oddities and profundities. We will explore the magic of the extended footnote and what it means to let poetry into journalism and essay. This particular collection of essays offers a fractaled glimpse into the creative process and observations employed by arguably the most exciting nonfiction/fiction writer of a generation. DFW tells us “The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day.” It is this freedom that he longs for in his essays, and the freedom he hopes to offer through exposing some of the weirdest, most vital aspects of being alive in a community of equally bizarre and fragile humans. In this course we will examine the universe through DFW’s lenses and then apply our own in mini-workshops and discussion. The ride will be fast, and strange, and sometimes very, very difficult (footnotes galore), but worth every moment.

First Assignment Info is available HERE.

Textbook info for SP QTR 17 is available HERE (textbook info is also available in the student portal registration function and LU's bookstore website)

Start DateMonday, April 10

Class Preview Date: March 27 (do not post in class until start date of 4/10; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 4/3)

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NOTE: If you decide to drop the class, email Beth at and note whether or not you have posted on Canvas (which counts as attendance). Tuition refund/charges (based on attendance and the date the drop form is processed) are listed HERE.

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