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Experimental Writing

ENGL 111.301

This is a poetry (maybe even a post-poetry) writing workshop that will focus on the question of change: how poetry responds to change in the world; how poetry itself changes; how to create poetry that is open to (and potentially incites, creates, triggers) transformation and change. Classes will look at the history of poetry since the Second World War, at the dynamics of change and meaning, and at the writing of students themselves. Students will be actively involved in teaching portions of the class and will produce work toward a project due at the end of the semester: chapbook, website, performance, installation, tattoos, whatever. There are only two texts required: Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, and Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. But there will be extensive reading online, and some recommended reading as well. Send a brief email stating why you wish to attend the workshop (writing samples not required) to Put the title EXPERIMENTAL WRITING all in caps in the subject line of the email.

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