Writing About Literature: Truth, Lies, and Make-Believe Truth, Lies, and Make-Believe ENGLSH 2100 Section 01 Semester Spring Year 2023 Nancy West Monday Wednesday Friday 9:00-10:00 Course Description This course is one of the core requirements of the English major. It will familiarize you with critical approaches to literature, such as feminism and narrative theory, while strengthening your skills in analysis and research. For the Spring 2023 version of 2100, “Truth, Lies, and Make-Believe,” we’ll cover a range of literary forms (the historical novel, the essay, the memoir, and the “true” crime genre) as we think about how writers blend truth and fiction, or put another way, the raw materials of real life with literary strategies. What will we be reading? Some of the finest, most popular, and can’t-put-it-down works produced in the last 50 years. They include Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood (1965), Sebastian Barry’s A Long, Long Way (2005), and Mary Karr’s The Liar’s Club (1995).