ENGLISH 398 - Junior Seminar in English Studies
Section: 002 Whitman at 200
Term: FA 2019
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself,” first published in 1855, ends with the following challenge: “Failing to fetch me at first keep encouraged, / Missing me one place search another, / I stop somewhere waiting for you.” We’ll take Whitman up on this challenge, as we examine his continuing relevance as a poet and (at times) a provocateur. Along with reading Whitman’s poetry and prose with close attention, we’ll look at work by 20th- and 21st-century poets (e.g., Allen Ginsberg, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Lynn Emanuel) who claim Whitman as an influence. D. H. Lawrence, Randall Jarrell, William Carlos Williams, and others will provide critical perspectives. Expect a great deal of reading, writing, and conversation, along with a birthday celebration. We’ll be marking the 200th anniversary of Whitman’s arrival on the planet.

Texts will include (1) Leaves of Grass and Other Writings; (2) Visiting Walt: Poems Inspired by the Life & Work of Walt Whitman; and (3) a course packet.

Course Requirements:

Assignments will include weekly reflective essays, several poetry imitations, and a longer paper at the semester’s end. Students will also lead panel presentations and memorize and recite poems.

Intended Audience:

Students interested in learning more about—and actively engaging with—one of America’s essential poets.

Class Format:


ENGLISH 398 - Junior Seminar in English Studies
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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