ENGLISH 407 - Topics in English Language and Literature
Fall 2020, Section 003 - Queer Poetics
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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The premise for this class is simple: We will dedicate ourselves to reading some of our most important queer poets, for the purpose of thinking about what they might have to teach us about poetry, queerness, and/or the relationship between poetry and queerness. We’ll spend most of our time reading entire books (rather than single poems anthologized), and the majority of those books will be written in the last fifty years (though because both queerness and history extend well beyond fifty years ago, so will we). Students will write three papers—one short, one medium, and one long—and will have a rigorous reading schedule, with brief, weekly writing assignments in a class journal to help process that reading. Our class meetings will be largely discussion-based; come with an eagerness to make thoughts, to share them with others, to complicate and refine them, and to practice with the academic community that we’ll build together in class the work of intellectual exploration that can lead to deep reading and sophisticated critical writing. Required course texts will likely include work by: Jos Charles, CAConrad, Justin Phillip Reed, Walt Whitman, Audre Lorde, Hannah Ensor, Carl Phillips, TC Tolbert, Ocean Vuong, Natalie Diaz, Eileen Myles, Adrienne Rich, Elizabeth Bishop, John Ashbery, Kay Ryan, Sara Jane Stoner, Laura Wetherington, Mark Doty, Allen Ginsburg, and Joshua Jennifer Espinoza.

Intended Audience:

Online-only students are welcome!

Class Format:

Exams: Synchronous and Online

Lectures: Synchronous and Online

Class Discussions: Synchronous and Online


ENGLISH 407 - Topics in English Language and Literature
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001 (SEM)
W 6:00PM - 9:00PM
002 (SEM)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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