Techniques of Poetry: Hidden Histories
Spring 2023 not offered
Through a series of immersive reading and writing experiments, we will work toward uncovering and preserving histories that might otherwise be forgotten. In order to do this, we will study the documentary and investigative techniques poets have employed while attempting to write about hard-to-articulate events and experiences like grief, secrecy, unrecorded events, ecological disasters, traumas, racism, gender politics, and hauntings of all kinds. We will read and record accounts that cannot be told but must be told. We will work to uncover--and possibly heal--areas of historical numbness. We will explore poetry's relationship to preservation and the dynamic bonds between representation and reparation. And we will rewire history through history, making use of archival materials, public testimony, newspaper accounts, photographs, family documents, and more.
Guided by critical and creative investigations, students will craft a cohesive, project-centered body of poems while developing an engaged daily writing practice and learning the basics of making books by hand. There will be biweekly presentations on the literature we read, as well as class discussions and workshops of one another's creative work. The class will culminate in a book arts project and a reflective essay.
|Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Discussion
|Grading Mode: Student Option
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)(ENGL-Literature)
Layli Long Soldier, WHEREAS
M. NourbeSe Philip, ZONG
Solmaz Sharif, LOOK
Jos Charles, FEELD
Craig Santos Perez, FROM UNINCORPORATED TERRITORY
Patricia Smith, BLOOD DAZZLER
Rickey Laurentiis, BOY WITH THORN
Ocean Vuong, NIGHT SKY WITH EXIT WOUNDS
Anne Carson, NOX
Cole Swensen, GRAVESEND
|Examinations and Assignments:
There will be bi-weekly presentations on the literature we read, as well as class discussions and workshops of one another¿s creative work. The class will culminate in a book arts project and a reflective essay.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments:
Student Option Grading Mode: If planning to pursue the Creative Writing path in English, students should choose the graded option for this class to fulfill requirements.
Contributes to fulfillment of ENGL major requirements:
Class of 22: CW and Theory and Literary Forms concentrations, elective
Class of 23 and beyond: CW requirement, CW path course (but not 300-level course or upper-level workshop), elective.
The English department highly recommends that students be enrolled in only one CW course in a semester. If you are admitted to more than one CW course, the department requests that you choose one and let the instructors know during Adjustment Period. By doing so you will be considerate of instructors and other students.
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