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Fall 2016-2017
ENG 563   No Pass/D/Fail

Poetics - Modernist Poetics and its Discontents

Robert Perelman

The disjunction between the poetics and the poetry of the modernist period is striking. The poetics--as articulated in statements by Pound, Stein, Eliot, Williams, Zukofsky, Olson--are fascinating, but they make equivocal guides to the writing itself. Stein's lecture on Tender Buttons sheds only anecdotal light on that recalcitrant text; Zukofsky's terse essays on poetry are of little help in reading the linguistic exuberance of his poetry; etc. We read, via exemplary excerpts, both sides of these improbable equations.

Sample reading list:
Ezra Pound, ABC of Reading: Guide to Kulchur; Pisan Cantos
Gertrude Stein, Writings 1903-1932; Writings 1932-1945
William Carlos Williams, Imaginations (ed. Schott)

Requirements/Grading:
Term Paper(s) - 50%
Other (See Instructor) - 50%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Other information:
Class participation--25% (included as part of "Other" in "Requirement & Grading"); Report--25% (included as part of "Other" in "Requirement & Grading)

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23194 S01 9:00 am - 11:50 am W   McCosh Hall   40   Enrolled:9 Limit:12