ENGLISH 535 - Contemporary Poetry
Section: 001 Collaboration, Creativity, Poetry
Term: FA 2017
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
Undergrad and Grad
Meet Together Classes:
Primary Instructor:

How do artists work together, and how does expression slide across art forms? In this undergrad/grad collaboration seminar, we will investigate these questions through critical and practical analyses of collaborations of different kinds, collaborations between the realms of text, visuals, sound, embodiment, ritual, performance and science.

To ground our investigation of collaborative creativity, and to nourish our imagination, we will read psychobiological and neurological accounts of limbic resonance, entrainment, and mirror neurons. There will be fieldtrips of various kinds, so be prepared to spend time outside the classroom. For example: after reading from Deleuze and Guattari’s Thousand Plateaus, we will look at Anne Waldman’s human/non-human ritual poetry experiment Manatee/Humanity (2009), and visit the Arboretum to see how we can respond to plant life through our respective forms (creative/critical writing, sound, movement or visual work). We will also work closely with UMS, and 4-5 performances (each at a discounted rate of $15) will be part of our semester (so prepare for some weekend/evening performance dates).

Required texts:

  • Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon: General Theory of Love.
  • 3-4 additional small press poetry books – we finalize the selection together in the first two meetings of the class.
  • Various texts shared on Canvas.
  • $15 dollar tickets to 4-5 UMS shows

Presentation: Each of you will be part of a group to ‘reverse engineer’ a collaboration we all read for the session. After introducing the work and its core concerns, you envisage, fantasize, improvise the coming into being of this particular collaboration, and lead a session based on this practice, followed by discussion. After your presentation, please hand in a report on what you did, and how it worked as a collaboration: what were the successes, frustrations, opportunities and challenges of working collaboratively in the creation of this workshop?

Weekly entries in Canvas site: please respond to each week’s C-Tools site, commenting on your experience, your reading, your research that week.

Half-term project: Book/Body of Work/Art Practice report (different one from the one you are reverse engineering): 3 pages, to be shared with whole group, via Forum posting.

Final full-length research paper (and we’ll discuss what that means, depending on your discipline and level), or creative project, with essay that situates it in the course and its themes. Collaborative research and projects are very welcome.

ENGLISH 535 - Contemporary Poetry
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
W 5:00PM - 8:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.
Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for ENGLISH 535 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi
The CourseProfile (ART) system, supported by the U-M Provost’s 3rd Century Initiative through a grant to the Office of Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (ART)