Courses: Writing and the Senses (WRPRH124B01)

Spring 2012

"What I am trying to translate," Cezanne said, "is more mysterious; it is entwined in the very roots of being." Reading our senses requires interpretation. What do the senses teach us about ourselves? How do they help us understand who we are in our sense-saturated world? How do the senses simultaneously inform each other? What on-going problems do they pose and which do they help us resolve? Writing and the Senses is a course that will help you to become a more effective and sophisticated writer using the five senses as a focus. The mode of the class is close reading and the analysis of text combined with the exploration of how our sense-data provides insight into the cognitive, biological, and spiritual aspects of our human nature. The seminar is designed to sharpen and broaden your senses and sensibilities via expository writing. Readings include selections from Flush: A Biography by Virginia Woolf, Letters on Cezanne by Rainer Maria Rilke, Proust Was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer, Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks, and How to Cook a Wolf by M.F.K. Fisher. The class will also have the opportunity to take a field trip to The Barnes Foundation.

Fulfills: HU FW Limit:15


Haverford, Shrp 217

Meeting Times

MW 2:30-4:00