Feminist Avant-garde Poetics: Poetry as Experimentation

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Feminist Avant-garde Poetics
Fall 2023
Taught By: Jennifer Firestone
Section: A

CRN: 14099

Credits: 4

In this course students will work closely with the New York based avant-garde feminist collaborative, Belladonna* by reading, deconstructing and exploring what it means to be “feminist” and “avant-garde.” Our readings will consist of such state-of-the-art/ ground breaking/ game changing texts such as NY writer, vocalist and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs’ polyphonic book, TwERK, to the Quebecois French feminist collection Theory, A Sunday. Each text will result in active course discussions, presentations and class experiments. The class’ Visiting Fellow, Belladonna board member and established poet, Marcella Durand, will take us through the history of Belladonna — how it came to exist as a feminist, avant-garde collective. Students will visit Belladonna’s Brooklyn art studio and attend Belladonna readings and events. Because a significant emphasis of this course is to encourage students to form their own feminist avant-garde collectives and communities, students will be asked to curate a final event for the course. This final event will be in collaboration with Belladonna and will hope to exhibit the students’ thoughtful and creative interpretation of the feminist avant-garde.

After the first week of the semester, permission of the instructor will be required in order to register for this course.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LIT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

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: 6:50am EDT 9/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 261
Date Range: 8/29/2023 - 12/14/2023