Literary Genre: LG
Literature (Theory): LT
Literature (Before 20th-C): LC
General Literature: any course listed on this page
*Asterisked courses* include a creative writing component, and may be of interest to students; they do not indicate an additional requirement.
All courses listed here are approved to count towards the Creative Writing major as general literature courses. Course codes indicate approval specific distribution requirements. Students may register for eligible courses under any course number.
These courses are offered by departments, not the Program in Creative Writing. If you have questions about course content, structure, and schedule, please contact the department offering the course. The course descriptions below are to the best of our knowledge the most recent available.
Courses taken prior to 2019-20 or otherwise not on this list (such as language classes) must be approved by the DUS. Contact Julie Iromuanya (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jessi Haley (email@example.com) about approval.
ENGL | English Language and Literature
CMST | Cinema and Media Studies
CLAS | Classics
CMLT | Comparative Literature
BIBL | Divinity
EALC | East Asian Languages and Civilizations
GRMN | Germanic Studies
HIST | History
NELC | Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
PHIL | Philosophy
RLLT | Romance Languages and Literatures
REES | Russian and East European Studies
SCTH | Social Thought
SALC | South Asian Languages and Civilizations
TAPS | Theatre and Performance Studies
Any class offered by the Department of English Language and Literature can satisfy the general literature requirement for Creative Writing. Please see below for a selection of English classes that satisfy specific requirements in genre (LG), theory (LT), and period (LC). Browse the full English catalog at https://english.uchicago.edu/courses.
ENGL 23301/CRES 23301 The Legacies of the Windrush Generation (Kaneesha Parsard) In 1948, the Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, Essex. Onboard were people who were from colonies such as Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad: they were migrants and subjects of the British Crown, as well as descendants of enslaved Africans and indentured Asians from the West Indian sugar colonies. Their arrival would transform British society, forcing a confrontation with its colonial past. As the Windrush Generation settled in, some coped with their new surroundings by writing and creating art, and organizing. In fact, what we now know as Caribbean literature took hold in this period, as newly-arrived West Indian writers found platforms for their work on radio and in London publishing houses. Windrush migrants and their descendants have commented on and critiqued race, empire, and plantation histories since.This course explores Windrush and its legacies as social, political, and aesthetic phenomena. Beginning with Henry Swanzy, Una Marson, and their leadership on BBC’s radio show Caribbean Voices, we will engage with the creative works of Windrush migrants and their descendants: Samuel Selvon, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Hew Locke, and others. To understand social struggle, we will study the life of activist Claudia Jones and her founding of the West Indian Gazette And Afro-Asian Caribbean News. Finally, we will also examine the 2018 Windrush Scandal, in which at least 83 Britons were unjustly deported, in conversation with works like excerpts of Hazel Carby's account of the intertwined histories of Jamaica and Britain, Imperial Intimacies (2019). As we will be studying in London, we will visit the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, a mainstay of Black Britain, as well as other local institutions such as the British Library, the National Maritime Museum, and/or the British Museum. We will also conduct a studio visit with local painter Jacqui Cooke, a descendant of Windrush migrants whose chosen subjects are historical and contemporary Black British figures. Part of the Autumn 2021 Study Abroad London Program (Literature and Social Change). (LT)
ENGL 23302 (ARCH 23302) Gothic Fiction and Architecture (Benjamin Morgan) In this course we study the aesthetics and politics of gothic fiction and architecture. Many of us associate Gothic fiction with fearful tales of mystery and suspense. But the rise of a Gothic aesthetic in the eighteenth and nineteenth century was a political movement: British writers, architects, and architects embraced Gothic medievalism to express their opposition to capitalism and industrialization. We will study gothic fiction since the eighteenth century, paying particular attention to how this fiction was used to comment on a rapidly developing society. Our study of gothic fiction will draw us into the real spaces of London, where we will tour renowned Gothic Revival buildings such as the Houses of Parliament, St. Pancras railway station, and possibly a crypt or two. Readings may include Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto; Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey; Bram Stoker, Dracula; Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray; and Henry James, The Turn of the Screw. (This course fulfills the Creative Writing Fiction literary genre requirement.) Part of the Autumn 2021 Study Abroad London Program (Literature and Social Change). (LC, LG)
SCTH 36017 Literary Biography: A Workshop (Rosanna Warren) We will study four major literary biographies: Elizabeth Gaskell’s The Life of Charlotte Brontë (1857), Lytton Strachey’s Eminent Victorians (1918), Walter Jackson Bate’s John Keats (1964), and Hermione Lee’s Virginia Woolf (1996). While analyzing the arts of literary biography, students will compose a biographical sketch of their own (20 pages), using primary materials from the Special Collections in the Regenstein Library and elsewhere, as appropriate. The course combines literary criticism and creative writing. (LG-NF)