Note: This course was formerly ISLI 330.
This creative writing/literature course focuses on one important aspect (present in both fiction and non-fiction writing): the expression and description of sensory experiences through words. Part of the course will,through close readings and analysis of selected texts from Italian literature, look at how food and drink have been used in fiction to heighten the mimetic experience by adding realism, serving as a vehicle for plot development, or being used as symbol and/or metaphor. The other half of the course will investigate non-fictional food writings such as food memories/autobiographies/biographies, food travel, food adventure, narrative cookbooks, and investigative food writing. Examining literature as well as non-fictional food writings, students will discover that the art of writing about food and drink involves not only an interest in the gustatory experience, but also an ability to translate sensory experiences into words.
Students in this course will find their own voices in the form of fiction and non-fiction creative writing assignments for different audiences, including children. They will demonstrate an understanding of literary devices, figures of speech and sound patterns through actual use in writing. This course will stress close reading of selected texts and stimulate creativity and critical expressive thought in an academic environment.
This course will stress close reading of selected texts and stimulate creativity and critical thought in an academic environment. Careful attention will be given to choice of language, historical, and political implications, as well as the overall “message” of the work.
By the end of this course, you will:
Service Learning Project Description
In this course, you will meet with the Umbrian producers and participate in tastings of local products, which will serve as the basis for one of the course’s creative writing assignments. You will then transform your experience during the visits into a children’s story on food in both English and Italian. To conclude the project, you will share your creative piece at “Apriti, scuola!”, a weekly multi-lingual children’s reading hosted by “Il Castello Rotondo” Elementary School. At the end of the semester, you will present your work to the Umbra community.