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Stuff and Nonsense: Writing and/or Meaning from Absurdism to Zaum
COL 338
Spring 2016 not offered

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 though 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.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA COL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)

Last Updated on APR-01-2023
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