Spatial Poetry

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Spatial Poetry

Fall 2022

Taught By: Xi Hua

Section: A

CRN: 14555

Credits: 3

"Landscapes are made up of countless names. Looking closely at a map, one can see that geography is a language unto itself. At the same time, poetry and place names have been intertwined for thousands of years. Poets have historically helped spread the myths of various places as well as popularize and explain common place names. Today, contemporary poetry can allow us to rethink the ties between language, place and belonging, and come to understand our named geographies in new ways. This course introduces students to issues of place naming through a series of poetic exercises. In this course, students will learn about how names on maps are intertwined with histories of colonialism, immigration, segregation and other social issues. We will engage with poetic texts that subvert and invert geographic language in order to imagine new spaces or ways of belonging. We will then create spatial poems through walking, mapmaking, collage, erasure and other ways of engaging with language and place. The course will culminate in a display or publication of student works. May be of interest to students in geography, urban studies, visual arts, creative writing, journalism, design or other related fields.

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

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: 3:36am EST 11/29/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 704

Date Range: 8/31/2022 - 12/7/2022