ENGL 399
Poetry & Performance Fall 2021
Division I

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Though poetry was an oral art form before it was anything else, its contemporary relationship to performance is varied and complex. This course explores poetry writing for/as performance, including works that might be categorized as “spoken word poetry” as well as those that sit far outside of that designation. Course readings will include contemporary and canonical writers, from Walt Whitman, to Sonia Sanchez, to Sarah Kay. We will also study works that blur the genres of poetry, performance art, and theater. Students will engage in writing and performance activities in class, create collaboratively, and exchange feedback on each other’s work. The semester will culminate in a final performance open to the campus community. Students must have taken at least one course on the practice of creative writing, acting, or another performance discipline.
The Class: Format: seminar; Combined seminar/studio
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 1928
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: In addition to in-class participation, students will be graded based on thorough completion of readings, creative exercises, reflection/response papers, feedback letters, revisions, and the final performance.
Prerequisites: ENGL 140, 281, or 288. Other courses on the practice of creative writing and/or performance (e.g.,THEA 101) will also be considered.
Enrollment Preferences: Pre-registered students. Should the course over-enroll, selection will be made based on a short application including work samples.
Distributions: Division I

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