Catharine Wright

Assistant Professor, Writing and Rhetoric/GSFS

 
 work(802) 443-2568
 Summer: By appointment only.
 Chellis House

Catharine Wright, MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, brings research and experience in the arts, social justice education, and contemplative practice to her teaching in the writing and creative writing programs at Middlebury College. Her courses include Writing for Social Change, Writing Gender and Sexuality, and a first year seminar on novellas. As a member of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Research she collaboratively organizes and facilitates events for Middlebury faculty on a range of pedagogies. She has been involved with numerous projects, boards and programs that engage issues of race, class, gender and sexuality in higher education and currently coordinates a Mellon-funded faculty writing project called Writing Beyond Borders. Her publications include fiction in literary magazines, non-fiction articles on contemplative practice and the arts, articles on teaching in academic journals, and two books: Vermonters At Their Craft (New England Press, 1987), and (co-edited) Social Justice Education: Inviting Faculty to Transform Their Institutions (Stylus, 2010).

 

Courses

Course List: 

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CRWR 0172 / GSFS 0172 - Writing Gender & Sexuality      

Writing Gender and Sexuality
In this course we will read, discuss, and write creative works that explore issues of gender and sexuality. Readings will include stories, poems, and essays by James Baldwin, Ana Castillo, Peggy Munson, Eli Claire, Junot Diaz, Audre Lorde, Michelle Tea, Alison Bechdel, and others. The course will include writing workshops with peers and individual meetings with the instructor. Every student will revise a range of pieces across genres and produce a final portfolio. We will do some contemplative work and will engage with choreographer Maree Remalia to explore movement in conversation with writing, gender, and sex (This course is a prerequisite to ENAM 0370, 0375, 0380, or 0385). ART

Spring 2016

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CRWR 0560 - Special Project: Writing      

Special Project: Creative Writing
Approval Required.

Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Winter 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019

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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 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019

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ENAM 0500 - Special Project: Lit      

Special Project: Literature
Approval Required.

Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Fall 2018

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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.

Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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FYSE 1389 - Five Novellas      

Five Novellas
An in-between genre, the novella wanders like a novel but narrows in like a short story. In this class we will explore the form and meaning of five novellas by exceptional writers of modern and contemporary fiction. Texts include Toni Morrison’s Sula, Marguerite Duras’ The Lover, Tao Lin’s Shoplifting from American Apparel, Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy. Students will respond to the literature through informal writing, formal literary analysis, and the art of narrative criticism. We will discuss constructions of race, gender, dis/ability, class, and sexuality as well as investigate notions of home, family, and faith. 3 hrs. sem. CW LIT

Fall 2017

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GSFS 0172 / WRPR 0172 - Writing, Gender & Sexuality      

Writing Gender and Sexuality
In this course we will read, discuss, and write creative works that explore issues of gender and sexuality. Readings will include stories, poems, and essays by James Baldwin, Ana Castillo, Peggy Munson, Eli Clare, Junot Diaz, Audre Lorde, Michelle Tea, Alison Bechdel, and others. The course will include writing workshops with peers and individual meetings with the instructor. Every student will revise a range of pieces across genres and produce a final portfolio. We will do some contemplative work and will engage with a visiting choreographer to explore movement in conversation with writing, gender, and sex. 3 hrs. lect. ART

Spring 2018, Fall 2018

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GSFS 0303 / WRPR 0303 - Outlaw Women      

Outlaw Women
In this course we will read and discuss literary texts that feature women who defy social norms: daring survivors, scholars, “whores,” queers, artists, servants, revolutionaries. Texts include Powell’s The Pagoda, Duras’s The Lover, Lorde’s Zami, and Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran. The course will take postcolonial and global approaches to desire and difference and to narratives of resistance, rescue and freedom. We will discuss rhetorical practices, such as écriture féminine, and readerships, such as women’s book groups, in national and global contexts. Students will develop their critical imaginations through discussion, contemplation, research, and analytical and creative writing. (Any one GSFS Course) 3 hrs. lect. CMP CW LIT SOC

Spring 2018

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GSFS 0700 - Senior Essay      

Senior Essay
(Approval required)

Spring 2018

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GSFS 0710 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
(Approval required)

Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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WRPR 0100 - Writing in Academic Contexts I      

Writing in Academic Contexts I
In this class students will build upon their identities as writers and thinkers, engaging complex issues within a diverse and supportive classroom community. Class activities and assignments will focus on building rhetorical awareness, analyzing texts and media by prominent writers, and understanding academic culture. We will critically examine various genres and grammatical structures, with attention to cultural context. Students will explore their voices and perspectives in class discussion and throughout all phases of the writing process, including planning, peer review, and revision. Each student will meet frequently with the instructor. This course does not fulfill the college writing requirement 3 hrs. lect/disc

Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016

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WRPR 0303 / GSFS 0303 - Outlaw Women      

Outlaw Women
In this course we will read and discuss literary texts that feature women who defy social norms: daring survivors, scholars, “whores,” queers, artists, servants, revolutionaries. Texts include Powell’s The Pagoda, Duras’s The Lover, Lorde’s Zami, and Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran. The course will take postcolonial and global approaches to desire and difference and to narratives of resistance, rescue and freedom. We will discuss rhetorical practices, such as écriture féminine, and readerships, such as women’s book groups, in national and global contexts. Students will develop their critical imaginations through discussion, contemplation, research, and analytical and creative writing. (Any one GSFS Course) 3 hrs. lect. CMP CW LIT SOC

Spring 2015, Spring 2017

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WRPR 0500 - Special Project: Lit      

Special Project: Literature
(Approval Required)

Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019

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Program in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies

Chellis House Women's Resource Center
56 Hillcrest Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753