- "Culture and Society," which is an anthropology class.
- "The Rhetoric of Everyday Life," a communication class.
- "Modern European Thinkers on Rhetoric, Poetics, and Narrative," a course taught by a French lit. prof and cross-listed with the English department.
For instance, reading Roland Barthes' structuralist analysis of literature from the authorial perspective (for class #3) helped me to break out of my usual ways of thinking about creative stories--much more helpful for my creative writing than many of the creative writing manuals I've read. It gave me a brainstorm for re-structuring my dormant novel manuscript--don't know if it will work, but it's worth a try when I get more time this summer. It will also be potentially useful in my dissertation work.
And I'm pretty sure that my fieldwork project for class #1 will be able to do triple duty:
- Give me a co-written paper that might work as a conference paper or article publication.
- Serve as a base for another communication article I've been wanting to write.
- Work as background research for another novel I've been thinking about for awhile (I've written 2 chapters, then got stuck because I realized I needed to do interviews and such with one of the populations, which is the one we might be looking at for the project).
Ah, I love it when the academic feeds the creative...