On December 18th, the Honors Program hosted Professor  Joanne Jacobson’s Honors course, Creative Nonfiction Writing (ENG 1724H) in the Honors Lounge.

Prof. Jacobson’s course explores the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction, in the hybrid form sometimes referred to as the “fourth genre,” “literary nonfiction,” or the “lyric essay.” The particular focus of the course is the personal essay – and the different ways in which it strives, in the words of Grace Paley, “to illuminate what’s hidden.”

In addition to Prof. Jacobson herself, various members of the class read excerpts from their writings, all of which concerned issues of illness and family.  The readers were Samuel Apple, Natan Bienstock, Shaul Elson, Daniel Klein, Akiva Schick and Joshua Tranen and all, each in their own way, were thoughtful and moving.

We look forward to more events of this type!


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