What exactly is American about American poetry? In this course, we will discuss the work of many contemporary poets in the context of their relation to literary tradition, innovation, and American culture. Primary consideration will be given to the relation between written and spoken texts, form and content, lyricism and politics. We will also look at foundational poems by 19th-century and early 20th-century poets.
Writing: students will complete regular writing assignments.
Interpretation: this skill will be exercised in every class session as we formulate and consider multiple interpretations of the texts we read.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Readings will include:
Donald Allen, ed. THE NEW AMERICAN POETRY
Melissa Kwasny, ed. TOWARD THE OPEN FIELD
Charles Bernstein, ALL THE WHISKEY IN HEAVEN: SELECTED POEMS
Ted Berrigan, THE SONNETS
Joy Harjo, HOW WE BECAME HUMAN
Tracie Morris, INTERMISSION
and a coursepack
|Examination and Assignments: |
A midterm essay of 5-7 pages, a final essay of 8-10 pages, several 1-page assignments.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students must make every effort to attend several events outside of the regular class schedule.
This course contributes to the Theory & Literary Forms and American Literature concentrations and counts as a genre-focused course in the Creative Writing concentration of the English major.
|Instructor(s): Willis,Elizabeth Times: .M.W... 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: FISK305; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 5||FR: 0|