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Replay: Style and Form in Resistance-Themed Fiction with Omar El Akkad

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Missed our spring session on resistance-themed and political fiction? Purchase a Replay and get unlimited streams of this class, plus a handy tip-sheet to guide you through your next assignment.

What constitutes resistance fiction? What makes a literary work stand in opposition to political and societal injustice? In this class with American War author Omar El Akkad, we explore some of the hallmarks of fiction focused on resistance and rebellion across a wide variety of texts, with a special emphasis on style and form. We also study some of the ways in which writers living under oppressive regimes have managed to use literature to criticize and expose those regimes.


This is not a live seminar. Purchase includes: password to access recorded webinar and a tip-sheet from the author to guide you through future projects.

Date: Apr. 13/21
Omar El Akkad
Length: 1hr 52 min.
Closed Captioning: Yes (A.I. generated, subject to error)
Attachment: Political fiction tip-sheet with access information for recorded tutorial

About the instructor: Omar El Akkad’s debut novel, American War, has been translated into thirteen languages. It won the Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Award, the Oregon Book Award, the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize and was selected by the BBC as one of 100 novels that changed our world. His short fiction, essays, and reporting have appeared in such places as The Guardian, Le Monde, Guernica, and the Best Canadian Stories anthology. His second novel, What Strange Paradise, will be published by Penguin Random House in July 2021.