ENGLISH 407 - Topics in English Language and Literature
Fall 2020, Section 001 - Collaboration, Creativity, Poetry
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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How do artists work together, and how does expression slide across art forms? In this undergrad/grad collaboration 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. We will also work closely with UMS, and 2-3 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 2-3 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 Canvas 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 Canvas 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.

Intended Audience:

Online-only students are welcome!

Class Format:

Exams: Asynchronous and Online

Lectures: Synchronous and Online

Class Discussions: Synchronous/Asynchronous and Online


ENGLISH 407 - Topics in English Language and Literature
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
003 (SEM)

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