Getting Lost: Literature and Poetics of Place

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Literature & Poetics of Place

Fall 2019

Taught By: Angela Carr

Section: A

CRN: 7236

Credits: 4

In this 3000-level literature course, we will study the genre of the literary “walk” as a departure point for broader questions about the politics and poetics of place. Considering both urban and rural topographies, we will read and analyze fiction, poetry and theory to discuss the effects of modernization on the literary imagination and 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 may include works by: Cole Swensen, Lisa Robertson, Harryette Mullen, Frank O’Hara, Henry Thoreau, David Wojnarowicz, W.G. Sebald, James Baldwin, Sarah Schulman, Guy Debord, and Robert Smithson, among others. In addition to response papers, students will be expected to compose their own “dérive” in New York City.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five 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: 8:32pm 11/22/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1102

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/12/2019