Shipwrecks of the Singular|
Spring 2017 not offered
American poetry often enacts formal and thematic tensions that have corollaries in political history. In this seminar we will look at how various poets (some American, some not) have handled such tensions. Are poets compulsive reenactors of trauma? Can a poem possess both formal unity and openness, or does it, finally, have to choose between them? Are there systems of relation that accommodate belonging and difference, singularity and numerousness, or is the notion of such a structure ill-conceived, a folly? What can be salvaged from what George Oppen calls the "shipwreck of the singular"?
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Primary texts will include but will not be limited to:
George Oppen, OF BEING NUMEROUS
Gertrude Stein, FOUR IN AMERICA
M. NourbeSe Philip, ZONG
Kamau Brathwaite, MIDDLE PASSAGES
Charles Olson, CALL ME ISHMAEL
C. A. Conrad, ECODEVIANCE
Daniel Defoe, ROBINSON CRUSOE
Eula Biss, NO MAN'S LAND
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Major assignments: a mid-term (5-7 page) essay; a final (7-10 page) essay and several short responses.
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This course contributes to the American Literature, Theory & Literary Forms, and Creative Writing (genre) concentrations of the English major.
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