VIA Flavorwire: Learn from the Best: 10 Course Syllabi by Famous Authors

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If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to have taken courses from some famous writers (like UH’s own Donald Barthelme), culture blog Flavorwire posted copies (complete with student annotations) of authors like novelist David Foster Wallace, Barthelme, novelist Zadie Smith, poet W.H. Auden, and cartoonist Lynda Barry.

Honors for the toughest reading load has to go to Auden, who seems to have assigned over 6000 pages to his University of Michigan juniors, seniors, and graduate students, though admittedly he did drop The Education of Henry Adams and Faust, pt I (for lack of time?).  Honors for toughest tone goes to Lily Hoang, who informs her writing students: “This is a graduate workshop. If you don’t know what this means, I suggest you go buy a book on fiction.”  Prize for best illustrations goes to cartoonist Lynda Barry, who distributed this syllabus page:

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Read the whole thing, and have a good weekend.

DM

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