The Prose Poem and the Politics of Genre|
Fall 2008 not offered
The prose poem challenges the very notion of genre--but what are the implications of this challenge and how does it reframe the perceived disciplinary limits of literature itself? With its Western beginnings in 19th-century France, its development in modernist Europe, and its resurgence in 1960s-1970s America, the prose poem's history is intertwined with discourses of social and aesthetic change. While our focus in this course will be literary analysis, we will also examine the politics--aesthetic and otherwise--surrounding the prose poem's emergence as a genre. Discussion will extend into interdisciplinary hybrid works such as Theresa Cha's "Dictee" and Lisa Robertson's "Xeclogue."
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Readings will include Baudelaire's PARIS SPLEEN, Rimbaud's ILLUMINATIONS, Aime Cesaire's NOTEBOOK, Sei Shonagon's PILLOW BOOK, Theresa Cha's DICTEE, Rosmarie Waldrop's LAWN OF EXCLUDED MIDDLE, and much more.
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Weekly responses, one short (5-7 page) midterm paper and one longer (7-10 page) final paper.
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