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Spring 2018-2019
ENG 563   na, npdf

Poetics - The Nature of Nature Poetry

Susan A. Stewart

Making poems, and receiving them--unlike the plastic arts and the performed or scripted arts--draws upon the unexpected and emergent and involves the physiology of speakers, writers, listeners, and writers in specific ways. We could therefore consider all poetry as "nature poetry" in that poems have a relation, beyond aesthesis alone, to the boundary between the phenomenal and the noumenal. Yet in the West, as in Japan, China, and many other cultures, the "nature poem" is a particular genre. In this seminar, we explore the philosophical and historical development of "the nature poem" in English language traditions.

Sample reading list:
Whitehead, Concept of Nature
Ferguson, et. al., Norton Anthology of Poetry
Kinsella, The New Arcadia
Descola, Nature and Society
Morton, Ecology without Nature
Emerson, Poems
See instructor for complete list

Requirements/Grading:
Papers - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 50%

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41661 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:12