College of Humanities and Social Sciences

ENGH 454: Topics in Poetry

ENGH 454-001: Topics in Poetry
(Spring 2017)

10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW

Robinson A109

Section Information for Spring 2017

ENGH 454: “Who Needs the Avant-Garde?”


Modernism was all about innovation and the “avant-garde”—a dream, an aspiration, a brand—aimed to be the sharpened tip of Modernism’s spear. In the end, there were many avant-gardes and many movements (the Futurists, the Dadaists, the Surrealists, the Objectivists and on and on to our very own day), and for all their cross-fertilization, they were each specific to their own time and place. In this class, we will look at aesthetic ferment in New York in the 1950s and 1960s and specifically at the way that visual art, performance and poetry made each other interesting and crazy. Poets will include John Ashbery, Frank O’Hara, Ted Berrigan, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, and Hannah Weiner.

Bring your bongos and your fancy French beret.

Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Study of selected topics, periods, or poets. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different with permission of department. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Satisfaction of University requirements in 100-level English and in Mason Core literature.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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