Stuff and Nonsense: Writing and/or Meaning from Absurdism to Zaum|
Avant-garde writers throughout the 20th century have challenged readers with texts organized by principles other than traditional notions of sense: texts that appear at first to be simply incoherent, but that also claim to cohere in unusual or unexpected ways. This class will look closely at a selection of French-, Russian-, and English-language texts that cohere through by means other than meaning--means that may be unconscious or nonsentient; formal or formless; allegorical, aleatory, or algorithmic. We will discuss ways to read these nonsense (or non-sense) texts and ways to use them as tools for examining our notions of poetry, language, authorship, plot, and meaning.
||Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Possible readings include texts by Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Alfred Jarry, Gertrude Stein, Guillaume Apollinaire, Velimir Khlebnikov, Tristan Tzara, Andre Bereton, Daniil Kharms, Samuel Beckett, Eugene Ionesco, Harold Pinter, John Cage, Jackson Mac Low, George Perec, Louis and Celia Zukofsky, Lyn Hejinian, Christian Bok and Harry Matthews.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Weekly response papers (roughly 350 words); 15-minute class presentation; final paper (10-12 pages)
|Instructor(s): Fitzpatrick,Joseph J. Times: .....F. 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 18||SR major: 3||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 4||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 4||JR non-major: 4||SO: 3||FR: 0|