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Spring 2016-2017
COM 565 / ENG 544 / FRE 565 / GER 565   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Studies in Forms of Poetry - Poetry, History and Memory

Sandra L. Bermann
Michael G. Wood

This seminar explores the intricate relations of poetry to history and memory in the troubled 20th century. Individual poets are closely studied for their intrinsic interest but also for their (known and still to be discovered) connections with each other. The poets are Eugenio Montale, César Vallejo, René Char, Paul Celan, Adrienne Rich and Anne Carson, but other writers are called on from time to time. Questions of war and resistance are important, and above all the course attends to what one might think of as the fate of language under pressure.

Sample reading list:
Eugenio Montale, Collected Poems
René Char, Furor and Mystery
Paul Celan, Poems
Anne Carson, Nox
César Vallejo, Spain, Let This Chalice
Adrienne Rich, Diving into the Wreck

Requirements/Grading:
Term Paper(s) - 60%
Class/Precept Participation - 40%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41187 S01 9:00 am - 11:50 am T   East Pyne Building   127   Enrolled:11 Limit:30