Getting Lost: Literature and Poetics of Place

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Literature & Poetics of Place
Spring 2023
Taught By: Angela Carr
Section: A

CRN: 13426

Credits: 4

In this 2000 level course, we will study the genre of the literary “walk” as a departure point for broader questions about the poetics of space. Considering both urban and rural topographies, we will read and analyze fiction, film, poetry and theory to discuss the psyche’s complex relationship to environment and place. We will consider a range of related literary movements and writers, from the fin-de-siecle figure of the flaneur or flaneuse in Paris and London, to the Situationists and more recent psychogeography experiments in NYC and beyond. Reading and films may include works by: Agnes Varda, Virginia Woolf, Cole Swensen, Lisa Robertson, Harryette Mullen, Frank O’Hara, Henry Thoreau, W.G. Sebald, James Baldwin, and Michel de Certeau, among others. Students will have the opportunity to complete both creative and critical assignments and will be expected to compose their own “dérive” in New York City.

This course fulfills the Poetry requirement for the Literature concentration. This course also counts as an elective for the Culture and Media major.
Permission of the instructor will be required to register for this course after the first week of the semester

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:50am EDT 9/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 258
Date Range: 1/24/2023 - 5/11/2023