ENGLISH 398 - Junior Seminar in English Studies
Winter 2018, Section 001 - Contemporary Anglophone Poetry and "the Personal"
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Description

In this seminar, we explore contemporary American and Anglophone poetry and poetics through the lens of “the personal.” That is, we read a variety of poetry produced in the U.S. from 1945 forward and work to develop a critical vocabulary with which to examine the often sounded claim that the difference between contemporary American poetry and modernist poetry is that the former is more “personal.” What would it even mean for a poem to BE personal? What kinds of assumptions about reading and writing and people does that claim foster and depend upon? What literary and historical backgrounds explain the claim and the work this claim describes? We consider the various virtues and vices associated with the idea of the personal (and with the idea of an ideally “impersonal” poetry called for by T. S. Eliot and the other modernists earlier in the 20th century), weighing these terms’ usefulness as critical descriptors, and encountering the period through their logics. About ten books of poetry to buy, including work by so-called “confessional” and “beat” writers, as well as more contemporary works by Anne Carson, Terrance Hayes, and others.

Schedule

ENGLISH 398 - Junior Seminar in English Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
25490
Open
6
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
25491
Open
1
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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