ENGL 133 Spring 2013 New Poetry (W)

In this class we will read or otherwise experience a range of poetry being produced right now in the U.S. Some of this poetry doesn't immediately seem to "fit" in the classroom: it's too new, too weird, too raw, too cerebral, too multi-media, too performance-oriented, somehow "unteachable." The premise of the course is that by engaging with these diverse voices we will come up with ways of talking about them, and that in the process we will have to take up some big and interesting questions: What is poetry? Can it be defined? How does poetry aim to affect us? Does one need "expertise" to appreciate it? And: is poetry important? Does it matter--socially, politically, culturally? The course is aimed at lovers of poetry, those who dislike poetry, those who are intimidated by the idea of it, and those who can't see why we should bother. Readings will be structured around the work of the poets coming to Williams to read, and may also include some "old poetry" (for purposes of comparison), critical articles, and manifestos; we will also watch documentaries or listen to CDs of more performance-oriented work (e.g., slam, spoken word).
Class Format: discussion/seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: regular participation; four short (from 2-3 to 5-6 pp) papers, of which you will be asked to revise two; one essay will be a research paper on a poet or poetic movement of your choice; occasional group projects and short postings for class discussion
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: first-year students who have not taken or placed out of a 100-level English course
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Divisional Attributes: Division I,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: CRAAS Critical Reasoning + Analytical Skills
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3588
ENGL133-01(S) SEM New Poetry (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive Karen E. Swann
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM Schapiro Hall 141 3588
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