In this graduate seminar students will explore the range of research and writing strategies that have informed the writing of my most recent book. We will devote time to revise the uses of archival and sensory ethnographic materials in historical, ethnographic, literary, and artistic inquires. We will link these practices to current discussions on new materialisms, realisms, and what I have called geological writing. We will interrogate the notions of cross-genre, creative non-fiction, crónica, and personal essay as writing strategies that might complement (rather than oppose) academic writing. We will analyze contemporary works--both in the literary and academic fields--in close dialogue with this Autobiography of Cotton. In addition to weekly response papers, students will turn in a final cross-genre piece.