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Spring 2015-2016
ENG 563 / MOD 527   No Pass/D/Fail

Poetics - 19thC English and American Poetry: New Tools, New Archives

Meredith A. Martin
Meredith L. McGill

Histories of 19th-C poetry are generally keyed to books and anthologies--breakthrough volumes, collected works, and influential collections. Yet a great deal of this poetry was printed in or supported by the circulation of periodicals, creating dynamic poetic cultures that were provisional, collaborative, and transatlantic. In this course we tackle head-on what the new availability of these resources means for the study of British and American poetry. How might the digitization of magazines, newspapers, and print ephemera change canonical literary histories?

Sample reading list:
Felicia Hemans,
Lydia Sigourney,
Edgar Allan Poe,
Arthur Hallam,
Alfred Lord Tennyson,
Walt Whitman,
See instructor for complete list

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 40%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Other information:
We will work with conventional print resources for the study of 19th-C books and periodicals and will also experiment with new tools for working with digital archives, evaluate the strengths and limitations of digitized print, explore topic-modeling and networking approaches, and work new archives. Students will analyze digital tools, work collaboratively on digitized periodicals, and complete a final paper or project addressing the implications of new tools and archives.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42495 S01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M        Enrolled:8 Limit:12