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American Poetry: Modern and Contemporary

ENGL 088.001
instructor(s):
TR 1:30-3

In this fast-paced course we will read and discuss a great range of modern and contemporary U.S. poets--from Pound to Perelman, from Whitman to Walker. Aside from providing a survey and chronology of twentieth-century poetry, this version of English 88 will offer one--I think, helpful--way of understanding the transition from modernism to postmodernism. Thus some students may wish to enroll as much to gain an understanding of the modernism-postmodernism problem through a study of recent poetry as to gain access to the work of these many poets. Students need not have prior knowledge of poetry or poetics, although a familiarity with writers and issues covered in English 20 will be very helpful. English 88 operates almost wholly as a discussion, the lecture having been replaced here by the web, by on-demand audio and video files and other info delivered by such new media. Requirements include many one-page "position" papers, submitted by electronic mail; and a comprehensive final examination. The course will be held in the Arts Cafe of the Kelly Writers House at 3805 Locust Walk.