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

ENGH 685-002: The Modernist Long Poem
(Spring 2020)

04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W

Mason Global Center (formerly Mason Inn Hotel) 1306B

Section Information for Spring 2020

In this course, we will investigate eight long poems (each constructed as a sequence of shorter units and not always verse units) by eight major American poets associated with the artistic movement we have come to think of as Modernism. The earliest of these poems was published in 1914 and the latest was published in the 1950’s. The poems include TENDER BUTTONS by Gertrude SteinTHE WASTE LAND by T. S. Eliot, SPRING AND ALL by William Carlos Williams, THE BRIDGE by Hart Crane, TRILOGY by H.D., PISAN CANTOS by Ezra Pound, MONTAGE OF A DREAM DEFERRED by Langston Hughes, and THE AURORAS OF AUTUMN by Wallace Stevens. The primary attention of our discussion will be on style, formal innovation, the expansion of what can be called “poetic vision” and “poetic contents”, and the place of such innovation and expansion in our reading of the history of American poetry.

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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
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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