4-Week: Reading DeLillo for Perspective and Style


In this class, using Don DeLillo’s only short fiction collection, The Angel Esmeralda, we’ll closely examine point of view choices and the effects these choices have on both narrative voice and reader. By reading several of DeLillo’s stories closely, you will garner a greater regard for why a writer chooses a specific point of view. We’ll also discuss DeLillo’s intense concern with the sound and rhythm of a sentence, a technique closely tied to his use of point of view.

Then we'll employ these concerns in our own work to better improve our writing in general. This class is for beginners and advanced writers alike, as well as those both familiar and unfamiliar with DeLillo’s work. Come ready to play with perspective and as a result have your writing transformed.

DeLillo is considered one of the 20th Century’s greatest practitioners of the American novel, yet, DeLillo’s short fiction is often overlooked. It’s in his stories that DeLillo works out the rhetorical decisions and narrative structures that eventually buttress his longer forms. They are his experimental labs. DeLillo is intensely concerned with the sound and rhythm of a sentence, so he greatly considers how each word relates to the others around it as well as how each word relates to its speaker.
Required Text:*

The Angel Esmeralda, by Don DeDillo

*Copies of this book are available to Lighthouse students at a 10% discount at the Tattered Cover on Colfax. Simply tell a Tattered Cover employee you are enrolled in a course at Lighthouse and they will direct you to where the books are shelved. 

Upcoming Sessions:
  • Spring 2017
    Instructor: Alexander Lumans, MFA
    Starts: 04/19/2017
    Time(s): 6:30 to 8:30 PM

    Cost: $195.00 members / $220.00 non-members
    Location: RM. 001 (The Grotto) - Lighthouse Writers Workshop
    1515 Race Street, Denver, CO 80206
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