FREN 4460 Poetry in Prose (Spring: 3 )
This course explores the nature and meaning of prose poetry in French from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. It begins with the necessary question of definition, asking whether any objective criteria for making distinctions between prose and poetry exists. A first emphasis on the act of writing will subsequently lead to a consideration of the way reading and interpretation intervene in any determination of form. Readings focus on the way prose poetry tends to arise where reflection upon nature, the city, intersubjective consciousness, and language itself becomes particularly acute. Authors include Rousseau, Nerval, Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Michaux, and Ponge.
Instructor(s): Kevin Newmark
Last Updated: 21-Feb-14