Multigenre Fiction

In the
current literary era, genre lines are not solid; many literary works combine
elements of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, drama, and more in order to
construct representations of identity and culture. In this course we will
examine several multi-genre novels and short stories that combine fiction with
a variety of other genres. We will explore what the term “fiction” might
mean, historically and currently; how postmodernism and other literary theories
and styles have provided a space for multi-genre literature; and how
multi-genre fiction is changing the literary landscape today.  Students
will be required to write several multi-genre creative writing pieces, as well
as several critical essays, and the class in general will focus on opportunities
for incorporating both non-fictional/theoretical elements and fictional
elements into hybrid creative writing works. Each student’s final project
will consist of a multi-genre piece of writing and a critical reflection on the
piece’s production.

Required Texts (Available at UH Bookstore):
Kathy Acker, BLOOD AND GUTS IN HIGH SCHOOL; Italo Calvino, IF ON A WINTER’S
NIGHT A TRAVELER; Ana Castillo, THE MIXQUIAHUALA LETTERS; Michael Ondaatje, THE
COLLECTED WORKS OF BILLY THE KID; Salvador Plascencia, THE PEOPLE OF PAPER.