Syntext

Program Director:  Gail Wronsky

The Syntext program has the following aims:

1. to emphasize the interdependence of a) writing and literary studies, b) study and practice, c) an informed knowledge of literature and literary theory, d) the practice of literary creativity, innovation, and process by requiring a combination of both traditional and innovative "creative literature" and "creative writing" courses.

2. to emphasize the social/political dimension of literature and the social obligation of the artist in a variety of communities within the Los Angeles area.

3. to promote a perspective on literature that is both intergeneric and intertextual both by a) actively integrating the genres of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, screenplays, and teleplays, and b) studying literary works that push or transgress generic, linguistic, and cultural boundaries.

4. to think outside the box (i.e. the classroom).

Syntext courses include:

Streetread: a service learning course allowing literature students to lead their own literacy workshops and book clubs in local Boys' and Girls' Clubs, convalescent centers, inner-city schools, and other communities.

Roadread: a course that explores literature and film about Los Angeles and other California locations, with excursions (day, weekend, and week-long) that help students understand what authors have imagined Los Angeles to be.

Roadwrite: a writing course steeped in the varied geographies of southern California, with excursions (day, weekend, week-long) to understand these geographies.  Students contribute to the local literary geography by writing inspired poems, stories, meditations, and plays.

Streetwrite: a service learning course allowing writing students to lead their own creative writing workshops in local Boys' and Girls' Clubs, convalescent centers, inner-city schools, and at-risk communities.