LLST

3025

RFW Poetry

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

RFW Poetry: Documentary Poetic

Spring 2020

Taught By: Wendy Xu

Section: A

CRN: 1830

Credits: 4

Reading For Writers: Documentary Poetics will explore the generative and intertextual possibilities of using poetry to document a moment in history, at both the micro and macro levels. How can documentation as an active process help us understand political moments, our political and historical selves, the personal psychologies and pathologies that drive us as writers? Students will locate themselves as readers and writers in the collision between first-person experience and socio-historical reality, working to better understand the efficacy of documentary process as both 1) a mode for poetic inquiry and 2) a methodology for the poet’s construction of new creative work. Students should be prepared to consider non-poetry texts, as well as published works that incorporate hybrid forms and vocabularies, ranging from transcripts, found-language text, historical imagery and documents, photography, and many others. Via a hearty reading list of poetry and experimental texts, we will consider how craft-driven and contextually aware reading practices may help us better achieve the effects we wish to see in our own writing. Weekly creative activities, exercises, and poetry prompts will compliment ongoing literary analysis responses culminating in a final paper of students’ own design. Works by Layli Long Soldier, Maggie Nelson, Mark Nowak, Claudia Rankine, Philip Metres, and Don Mee Choi, among many others, will be considered.

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: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Waitlist*

*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: 11:36am 12/6/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday, Thursday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/21/2020 - 5/7/2020

Codeswitch: RFW Poetry

Fall 2019

Taught By: Amy Sara Carroll

Section: A

CRN: 1618

Credits: 4

In Chicano Poetics: Heterotexts and Hybridities, Alfred Arteaga suggests, “for [Octavio] Paz, the border is a thin one and across it ‘Even the birds speak English’ […] What is difficult for Paz is to consider a thick border.” In this course, students will explore “thick descriptions” of thickening borders of the Americas. Students will address the possibility of a bilingual poetics—laterally—examining representations of bi- or multicultural subjectivities. Central to the discussion will be the conceit of code-switching, a linguistic term, which designates a speaker or writer’s facility to move between languages. Students will approach code-switching literally to acquaint themselves with work that shuttles between Spanish and English, as well as metaphorically—dehyphenating it—to address the hybridity of twentieth/twenty-first century poetry.

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: 11:41am 12/6/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 10:00am - 11:40am

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 702

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019