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Kathryn Kramer

Assistant Professor of English and American Literatures


Kathryn Kramer has taught creative writing and literature in the Department of English and American Literatures since 1997.  She’s previously taught at Washington University, the University of Cincinnati, and Marlboro College.  She received an M.A. in writing from Johns Hopkins.
She’s the author of several novels, most recently Sweet Water, short fiction, and non-fiction articles.  She’s currently completing a memoir entitled Missing History:  The Covert Education of a Child of the Great Books, about the experience of being brought up in the Socratic tradition.  (She is not the Kathryn Kramer who is the author of Love’s Blazing Ecstasy, Flame of Desire, and other books, as has sometimes been thought.)  On a volunteer basis she teaches English as a second language to migrant workers in Vermont and has an Undergraduate Collaborative Research Fund grant from the college to work with a student to develop an ESL textbook for this population.



Course List: 

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CRWR 0170 - Writing: Poetry, Fiction, NonF      

Writing: Poetry, Fiction, NonFiction
An introduction to the writing of poetry, short fiction, and nonfiction through analysis of writings by modern and contemporary poets and prose writers and regular discussion of student writing. Different instructors may choose to emphasize one literary form or another in a given semester. Workshops will focus on composition and revision, with particular attention to the basics of form and craft. This course is a prerequisite to CRWR 0380, CRWR 0385, CRWR 0370, and CRWR 0375. (This course is not a college writing course.) (Formerly ENAM 0170) While this course is primarily online, on-campus students will have opportunities to meet in person with fellow students and the professor in small groups and during office hours, if circumstances allow. Off-campus students will be accommodated with additional optional online opportunities to connect. 3 hrs. sem. ART

Fall 2017, Fall 2018

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CRWR 0360 / ENAM 0360 - Fiction in Practice & Theory      

Fiction in Practice and Theory
This literature/writing course will emphasize the practice and theory of formal elements in fiction. It will be a craft-level investigation of both traditional fictional forms (including epistolary, monologue, and collage) and texts conscious of themselves as texts. Readings will include examples of traditional forms as well as experimental works by literary groups such as OULIPO, the surrealists, minimalists, post-modernists, and hypertextualists. This course may replace one of the 0300-level requirements for students doing a Creative Writing concentration, but is open to all. ART

Winter 2017, Fall 2018

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CRWR 0370 - Advanced Fiction Workshop      

Advanced Fiction: Reading and Writing Short Novels
Ian MacEwan once said that very few novels earn their length. In this course we will read short works by Denis Johnson, Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith, Karen Russell, Julian Barnes, and Ocean Vuong to explore the power of short novels and take a close look at prose, style, and economic character development. We will examine the constraints of space, and the freedom to experiment with form. Students will generate and workshop the beginnings of their own novellas, and class discussion will be based on our reading and creative work. 3 hrs. sem. (ENAM/CRWR 0170, ENAM/CRWR 0175, or ENAM/CRWR 0185) (Formerly ENAM 0370) (This course is not a college writing course) 3 hrs. sem. ART LIT

Spring 2018

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CRWR 0560 - Special Project: Writing      

Special Project: Creative Writing
Approval Required.

Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Winter 2021

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CRWR 0701 - Senior Thesis:Creative Writing      

Senior Thesis: Creative Writing
Discussions, workshops, tutorials for those undertaking one-term projects in the writing of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.

Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Fall 2020

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ENAM 0226 / EDST 0226 - Boarding School Fiction & Fact      

The Boarding School in Fiction and Fact
From Tom Brown's School Days to Prep, writers have commemorated the boarding school experience. Through studying novels, short stories, memoir excerpts, and films, we will identify recurring archetypes and consider how these have changed over time. We will examine the reciprocal relationship between these schools and society. Do these schools have an agenda beyond their professed ones? How do they contribute to the formation of social power structures? We will look at not only the traditional Anglo-American experience but also that of Native Americans, Chinese, Indian, and others. Readings will include works by John Knowles, P. G. Wodehouse, Curtis Sittenfeld, Anita Shreve, and Han Han. (This course is not open to students who have taken ENAM/EDST 1019) CMP LIT

Fall 2017

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ENAM 0500 - Special Project: Lit      

Special Project: Literature
Approval Required.

Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021

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ENAM 0700 - Senior Thesis:Critical Writing      

Senior Thesis: Critical Writing
Individual guidance and seminar (discussions, workshops, tutorials) for those undertaking one-term projects in literary criticism or analysis. All critical thesis writers also take the Senior Thesis Workshop (ENAM 700Z) in either Fall or Spring Term.

Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021

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GSFS 0700 - Senior Essay      

Senior Essay
(Approval required)

Spring 2018

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