ENGL 258 Spring 2015 Poetry and the City (W)

In this course we will consider poems generated out of the experiences of urban life. The city provides for poets a vivid mental and imaginative landscape in which to consider the relation of vice and squalor to glamour; the nature of anonymity and distinction; and the pressure of myriad bodies on individual consciousness. We will explore ways in which the poet's role in the body politic emerges in representations of the city as a site both of civilized values and/or struggles for power marked by guile and betrayal. Taking into account the ways in which cities have been transformed over time by changing social and economic conditions, we will consider such issues as what the New York of the 1950s has to do with the London of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and why poetry as a genre might be particularly suited to representing the shifting aspects of urban life. Poets will include Dante, Pope, Swift, Blake, Wordsworth, Whitman, Baudelaire, Arnold, Yeats, Crane, Moore, Auden, Hughes, Brooks, Hughes, Lorca, Bishop, Ginsberg, Baraka, Ashbery, Yau and Rankine. We will also draw on essays by Simmel, Benjamin, Williams, and Canetti, photographs by Hines, Weegee, Abbott, and Nishino; the blues, as sung by Holliday and Vaughan; and films such as Man with a Movie Camera, Rear Window, and Breathless.
Class Format: discussion/seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: four five-page essays
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preference: sophomores and English majors who have yet to take a Gateway
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Divisional Attributes: Division I, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives, ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses,ENGL Literary Histories B,ENGL Literary Histories C
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3590
ENGL 258 - 01 (S) SEM Poetry and the City (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsWriting Intensive Anita R. Sokolsky
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Hollander 040 3590
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