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ENGL 4938 Advanced Topic Seminar: The Whitman Tradition (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

Our effort here will be to define and trace the development of a distinctive tradition in American poetry grounded in the formal strategies and philosophical assumptions of Whitman's Leaves of Grass, characterized by free verse, long lines, a radically democratic, anti-hierarchical ethos, and the call of the open road. To what extent, we will ask, do poets whose work looks very different from Whitman's still find a place in this tradition. Writers to be considered (other than Whitman himself) will most likely include Emerson, Dickinson, Stevens, Williams, Ginsberg, Snyder, and others.


Instructor(s): Robert Kern

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 07-Dec-13