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Topics in Criticism: What is Poetics?

ENGL 5735.401
also offered as: COML 5735
Thursday 10:15-1:14pm


What is poetics?How does it differ from other forms of criticism in terms of both attitude or posture and method? In terms of practices of art and politics, What is its relationship to poieis and ethics -- what is poethics? -- as articulated by such varied thinkers as Joan Retallack, Denise Farreira Da Silva and R.A. Judy? What’s to be observed about the current turn of black studies toward poetics?For the seminar, let’s think about the above as matters of a) critical inquiry b) art practice and c) professional discipline. It may be possible to triangulate by way of “critique” and “aesthetics.” Proposing the inseparability of critical inquiry and writing practice, the final assignment will be deemed experimental since the monograph-ish essay won’t be presumed. Consequently, we will discuss the institutional state/status of what participants will have made.Possible readings:Michel Foucault, What is Critique?, Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guatarri, What is Philosophy?, Hortense Spillers, Black, White & in Color (selections), Joan Retallack, The Poethical Wager, Denise Ferreira Da Silva, Unpayable Debt, Boris Groys, Going Public, Rachel Zolf, No One’s Witness, Leslie Scalapino, Objects in the Terrifying Tense/Longing from Taking Place.



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