Undergraduate Course: American Modernist Poetry (LLLG07054)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
|Home subject area||Lifelong Learning (LLC)
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||THIS IS A FOR-CREDIT COURSE OFFERED BY THE OFFICE OF LIFELONG LEARNING (OLL); ONLY STUDENTS REGISTERED WITH OLL SHOULD BE ENROLLED.
This course is an opportunity for a more detailed study of American modernist poetry, following the major modernist poets along the trajectory of their careers, both early (1912-1925) and late (1940s to 1960s). In the first half, it introduces modernist innovations in poetry such as the visual aesthetic (imagism, objectivism), the use of collage and the mythical method, looking at them in the larger context of the poets' lives and the relationship they established with developments in the novel and the visual arts. In the second half, the course interrogates the use of these methods in the mature work of modernists, seeking to gain depth and detail and to show the extent to which poets sought either to refine and extend the strategies of their youth (like Stevens, Pound and H.D.) or develop other forms and methods (like T.S. Eliot or W.C. Williams).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2013/14 Lifelong Learning - Session 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Learn enabled: No
|Course Start Date
|Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info)
|No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|By the end of this course, students should be able to:
* understand the textual strategies of modernist poets;
* assess the intellectual interactions among American modernist poets;
* form an awareness of the cultural heritage of Europe and the US in the poetry of the last century.
|One 2000 word essay submitted after the course finishes, worth 100% of the total course mark.|
||Week 1 Introduction
Week 2 The Imagist movement - London 1912
Week 3 T.S. Eliot and The Waste Land
Week 4 W.C. Williams and the Objectivist aesthetic.
Week 5 Wallace Stevens' Harmonium
Week 6 Marianne Moore. Poems.
Week 7 Ezra Pound. The Cantos.
Week 8 Late Eliot. The Four Quartets.
Week 9 Late Stevens. Auroras of Autumn.
Week 10 Modernism and feminism. H.D. Helen in Egypt.
||Close reading and interpretation of texts.
Composition of discursive essays.
Understanding of interpersonal relationships.
Eliot, T.S., 2009. Selected Poems by T.S. Eliot. London: Faber.
H.D., 1997. Selected Poems. Manchester: Carcanet Moore, Marianne. 2003. Complete Poems. London: Faber.
Pound, Ezra., 1998. The Cantos. New York: New Directions.
Stevens, W., 2006. Collected Poems. London: Faber.
Williams, W.C., 1992. Paterson. New York: New Directions.
Williams, W.C., 2000. Collected Poems I. Manchester: Carcanet.
Davis, Alex., ed. 2007. The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Poetry. Cambridge: CUP.
|Course organiser||Dr Caroline Bamford
Tel: (0131 6)50 4322
|Course secretary||Mrs Diane Mcmillan
Tel: (0131 6)50 6912
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