The Prose Poem and the Politics of Genre|
Spring 2009 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 (but not be limited to):
Charles Baudelaire, PARIS SPLEEN
Walt Whitman, SPECIMEN DAYS
Gertrude Stein, TENDER BUTTONS
John Ashbery, THREE POEMS
Rosmarie Waldrop, REPRODUCTION OF PROFILES
Ron Silliman, THE NEW SENTENCE
Lisa Robertson, XECLOGUE
Theresa Cha, DICTEE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Students will submit a series of brief response papers, a 7-page midterm essay, and a 10-page final essay. Each student will also give a brief oral presentation.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Regular class attendance and participation are essential. This course fulfills the research option requirement for English honors candidates.
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