Delve Winter 2020: The Autofiction of Rachel Cusk


Delve Winter 2020: The Autofiction of Rachel Cusk


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Sundays, February 23-March 29, 2020
6:30-8:30 p.m. (six sessions)
Guide: George Derk

This Delve seminar will explore the recent trilogy—Outline, Transit, and Kudos—by Rachel Cusk and contextualize it within the developing literary form of autofiction. In reading these novels, we will continually ask a series of questions that the publication of these novels poses. Why are so many contemporary writers turning to fictionalized autobiography that refuses the constraints of narrative convention? What is it about the current moment that has made authors embrace autofiction? What does this new form of writing allow authors to accomplish that more established forms of fiction do not?

Outline by Rachel Cusk
Transit by Rachel Cusk
Kudos by Rachel Cusk


George Derk earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia where he specialized in modernist literature. He has taught courses on medieval and Renaissance literature, Shakespeare, modern and contemporary literature, composition, and media studies. Recently, his interests have shifted to narrative medicine and creative writing.

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