College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ENGH 685: Selected Topics, Movements, or Genres of Literature in English

ENGH 685-001: The New Mixed Form
(Spring 2017)

07:20 PM to 10:00 PM M

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 What are the purposes of verse and prose today, when prose, which long ago superseded verse in narrative function, now often lays claim to lyric function?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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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Content varies. Notes: May be repeated with permission of department. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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