David King Hall 2054
Section Information for Spring 2017
Mixed form writing such as Basho’s Narrow Road to the North, poet Anne Carson’s Kinds of Water, and novelist Carol Maso’s AVA redefines the boundaries of the poetic line and the prose paragraph by alternating both forms in single work, a strategy that takes advantage of their manifold functions. But why the apparent renaissance of mixed form writing in the past twenty years? What are the purposes of verse and prose today, when prose, which long ago superseded verse in narrative function, now often lays claim to lyric function? And how do these changes in purpose play into the shifts in perspective, voice, and positioning of the “I” and author we see in contemporary mixed form writing?
Students will pursue answers to these questions and more as they examine contemporary and historical examples of mixed form writing, write brief critical essays about those examples, create writing prompts for one another, and present original mixed form work produced in response to reading and discussion. After the first six weeks, students will also form committees to select readings (from a list provided by the instructor) and lead class discussion.
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May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits with permission of department.