Catharine Wright

Dir, Writing Prgrm; Sen Lecturer, Writing; Lecturer, GSFS

 
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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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CRWR0172 / GSFS0172 - 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 2014, Spring 2016

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CRWR0560 - Special Project: Writing      

Special Project: Creative Writing
Approval Required.

Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Winter 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

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CRWR0701 - 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.

Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2016

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CRWR0711 - Senior Thesis: Creative Writ.      

Senior Thesis: Creative Writing
Discussions, workshops, tutorials for those undertaking two-term projects in the writing of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. (Formerly ENAM 0711)

Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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ENAM0500 - Special Project: Lit      

Special Project: Literature
Approval Required.

Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Fall 2016

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ENAM0700 - 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 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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ENAM0710 - Senior Thesis: Critical Writ.      

Senior Thesis: Critical Writing
Individual guidance and seminar (discussions, workshops, tutorials) for those undertaking two-term projects in literary criticism or analysis. All critical thesis writers also take the thesis workshop (ENAM 710z) in both Fall and Spring terms.

Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014

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FYSE1389 - Six Novellas      

Six Novellas
An in-between genre, the novella wanders like a novel but narrows in like a short story. In this seminar we will explore the form and meaning of six novellas by exceptional writers of modern and contemporary fiction. Texts will 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 both formally and informally to these works through literary analysis and narrative criticism. Discussions will include critical attention to constructions of race, gender, dis/ability, class, and sexuality as well as investigation of notions of home, family, and spirituality. 3 hrs. sem. CW LIT

Fall 2012

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GSFS0710 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
(Approval required)

Fall 2015, Spring 2016

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WRPR0100 - The Writing Workshop I      

This course is for students who would like extra work on critical thinking and analytical writing. All sections of this course will address a variety of writing strategies and technologies, from free writing to online writing. Each section will focus on a particular theme to be determined by the instructor. This course does not fulfill the college writing requirement. 3 hrs. lect./disc.

Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016

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WRPR0201 / WAGS0201 - Writing for Social Change      

Writing for Social Change
This course explores the many choices we face as speakers and writers when communicating across race, gender, sexuality, religion, culture, class and ability. Drawing on works by W. E. B. Dubois, James Baldwin, Beverly Tatum, Paulo Freire, Dorothy Allison, Arundhati Roy, Amy Tan, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Desmund Tutu, and others, the class explores a range of genres and voices and examines patterns of domination and subordination in diverse cultural contexts. Students will learn strategies for both creative and critical writing and respond to formal and informal writing assignments. The class will hold occasional writing workshops, and final projects will provide opportunities for collaboration. ART CW LIT

Spring 2013

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WRPR0288 / ENAM0288 - Writing Race and Class      

Writing Race and Class
In this course we will take a literary and intersectional approach to topics of race and class. Readings include stories, essays, and poems by modern and contemporary writers, including James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Louise Erdrich, Gloria Anzaldua, Adrienne Rich, Amy Tan, Junot Diaz, and Eli Clare. Students will write short critical and creative pieces and will develop one longer essay, a critical narrative. We will engage in writing workshops and contemplative activities. Students will preferably have prior experience in discussing issues of race and class, although introductory theories will be made available to provide frameworks for discussion. CW LIT SOC

Winter 2014

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WRPR0303 / GSFS0303 - Outlaw Women      

Outlaw Women
In this course we will read and discuss literary novels that feature women who defy social norms: daring survivors, scholars, “whores,” queers, artists, “madwomen,” servants, revolutionaries. We will take a critical and transnational approach to issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and religion. Texts will include Toni Morrison’s Sula, Audre Lorde’s Zami, Marguerite Duras’ The Lover, Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy, Patricia Powell’s The Pagoda, and Azar Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran. Students will write formal literary analysis,and narrative criticism. Together we will engage in some contemplative practice and study selected films. CMP CW LIT SOC

Spring 2015

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WRPR0500 - Special Project: Lit      

Special Project: Literature
(Approval Required)

Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Winter 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

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