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ENGL 3316 Incendiary Poetics: Whitman and Ginsberg (Spring: 1 )


Course Description

Incendiary Voices: Whitman's Leaves of Grass and Ginsberg's Howl. This seminar will focus on the long poems of Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg, whose work arguably changed the course of American poetry. We'll look at the structure and content of the poems through close reading, with additional short readings to provide context and demonstrate both how revolutionary were the poems themselves, and the ways they continue to talk to each other about American ideals and exceptionalism. Students will be expected to lead discussions on self-selected topics, and to participate fully in dialogue about the poems, the poets, and their times. Short papers, one longer final paper of 5-7 pages.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Susan Roberts

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 20-Feb-17