Augustine and the Poetics of Confession

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Augustine & Poetics Confession

Spring 2020

Taught By: Allen Strouse

Section: A

CRN: 7136

Credits: 4

Lyrical poetry—as Augustine suggests in The Confessions—is the best analogy for how our souls access eternity. In this course, we will critically-creatively explore the confessional mode, trying to discern a theory of the “confession” as a genre. We will closely read Augustine novelistic, prose autobiography (a mash-up of self-effacing humor, hotly erotic theology, rhetorical virtuosity, shrewd polemic, exegetical witticism, and mystical transport—all of which is somehow held together by a plumbing of the poetic “I”). And meanwhile, taking Augustine as a poetic license, our readings will foray into the lyric (including but not limited to: the Confessional Poets, contemporary hip hop, and excerpts from Neruda’s memoirs) as well as Hannah Arendt's dissertation on Augustinian love.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment 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: 11:20am 8/25/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/11/2020