Myra Goldberg

BA, University of California–Berkeley. MA, City University of New York. Author of Whistling and Rosalind: A Family Romance; stories published in journals, including The Transatlantic Review, Ploughshares, Feminist Studies, The Massachusetts Review and The New England Review, and in the book anthologies Women in Literature, Powers of Desire, and The World’s Greatest Love Stories and elsewhere in the United States and France; nonfiction published in Village Voice and elsewhere; recipient of Lebensberger Foundation grant. SLC, 1985–

Undergraduate Courses 2018-2019

Writing

First-Year Studies: Forms and Fictions

Open , FYS—Year

This class explores the gift of form as it comes to us from writers from around the world. We will read and then write our versions of folk and fairy tales, epics, short stories, short plays, and anything else we care to try. Second semester will involve writing seven episodes of a fiction. In other words, we will learn how to use a short form to write a long work. Class may involve a discussion of literature, a sharing of our writing, an exercise, a collaboration. While we are exploring the boundaries and premises of various forms, we will step over other boundaries—between the real and the imaginary, this world and another, text and picture, and one form and another. Students will be invited to add visual and sound components to their work, if they wish. In addition to classes, students will have an individual conference every other week and a half-group conference on alternating weeks.

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Our World, Other Worlds

Open , Seminar—Year

This course explores prose writing, with an emphasis on the creation of a world. The writing can be fiction or nonfiction and can take place in this world, another, or several. We will explore ideas about this world and writing about this world and others and work on our writing to make it livelier and more real no matter how imaginary our world is. This course runs in two parts, one semester each. You can take one or both parts. One part will involve writing episodes to build a world that, revised, will become a conference project; the other part will work on craft and content exercises of all kinds, with the conference project distinct from the exercises. Readings include folk tales, religious writing, philosophy, fiction, and newspaper items.

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Words and Pictures

Open , Seminar—Year

This is a course with writing at its center and other arts—mainly, but not exclusively, visual—around it. We will read and look at all kinds of narratives, children’s books, folk tales, fairy tales, and graphic novels and try our hands at many of them. The reading tends to come from a wide range of times and places and includes everything from ancient Egyptian love poems to contemporary Latin American literature. For conference work, people have done graphic novels, animations, quilts, rock operas, items of clothing with text attached, nonfiction narratives that take a subject and explore it visually and in text, and distopian fictions with pictures. There will be weekly assignments that involve making something. This course is especially suited for students with an interest in some other art or body of knowledge that they would like to make accessible to nonspecialists. The spring semester will be similar in approach but with different assignments and texts. This course may be taken for one semester, either semester, or as a yearlong class.

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Our World, Other Worlds

Open , Seminar—Year

We will read written work that involves both the real world and several imaginary worlds and create our own with words, pictures, and "stuff." We will be looking at maps and other graphic representations of this world and other worlds and explore fantasy, fairy tales, religious stories, children's books, and audiobooks to see what other people have done. There will be weekly readings and exercises and a conference project. This course can be taken for one semester, either semester, or as a yearlong course.

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Words and Pictures II

Open , Seminar—Spring

This is a course with writing at its center and other arts—mainly, but not exclusively, visual—around it. We will read and look at all kinds of narratives, children's books, folk tales, fairy tales, and graphic novels and try our hands at many of them. The reading tends to come from a wide range of times and places and includes everything from ancient Egyptian love poems to contemporary Latin American literature. For conference work, people have done graphic novels, animations, quilts, rock operas, items of clothing with texts attached, nonfiction narratives that take a subject and explore it visually and in text, and distopian fictions with pictures. There will be weekly assignments that involve making something. This course is especially suited for students with an interest in some other art or body of knowledge that they would like to make accessible to nonspecialists. The fall semester is similar in approach but with different assignments and texts.

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Our World, Other Worlds II

Open , Seminar—Spring

Continuing our work in Our World, Other Worlds I, we will examine the imaginary in the real and the real in the imaginary. Again, we will be working in several realms: what is conventionally called fantasy, tale telling, children's literature, religious literature, and the making of worlds that look like this one. Weekly readings and exercises will be required, along with a conference project that creates a world.

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