Hybrid Genres

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Hybrid Genres

Spring 2019

Taught By: Robert Polito

Section: A

CRN: 7469

Credits: 3

Perhaps the signature genre of our literary moment involves a casually experimental work that mixes poetic and essayistic impulses, no matter how that work might otherwise be slotted for the convenience of a cultural marketplace (as "poetry," "fiction," or "nonfiction"). In this seminar we track this convergence of lyric, fiction, and essay across some exemplary modern achievements in literature, film, and visual art. Our possible subjects might include poets (Robin Coste Lewis, Solmaz Sharif, Claudia Rankine, Fred Moten, James Merrill, Frank Bidart, Tyehimba Jess, Simone White, Douglas Kearney, Susan Howe, Lyn Hejinian), prose writers (Maggie Nelson, Teju Cole, Michael Ondaatje, James Baldwin, Kevin Young, Durga Chew-Bose, Anna Moschovakis), visual artists (Sophie Calle, Weegee, Moyra Davey, Glenn Ligon, Manny Farber, Mike Kelley), and some film-makers (Chris Marker, Maya Deren, Chantal Akerman, Agnes Varda, Thom Anderson, Raoul Peck, Barbara Loden, Guy Maddin). Our intention is not only to look closely at these important artists, but also to focus techniques and strategies we can then pursue in our own writing, whether poetry or prose. NOTE: There will be short weekly “response” writing assignments, as well as two more substantial critical essays.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Closed*

*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: 6:35pm 6/15/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 617

Date Range: 1/22/2019 - 5/7/2019