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ENGL 8830 Wallace Stevens and High Modernism (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

A graduate seminar on Stevens and the High Modernist poets and painters, with emphasis on Williams, Marianne Moore, Eliot, Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse and others. The course will focus on Stevens' life as well as the American and international scene (Europe and Latin America) between 1912, when Stevens began to appear on the poetry scene, and his death in 1955. We will examine various aspects of Modernist Poetry, beginning with the philosophical dimensions of Stevens' thinking from Pater, Nietzsche, and Santayana, through Heidegger, considering the limits of nihilism, rationalism, and the possibilities of transcendence.

Instructor(s): Paul Mariani

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17