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Undergraduate Course: 20th Century American Poetry (LLLG07027)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis is a credit course offered by the Centre for Open Learning (COL); only students registered with COL should be enrolled.

This course aims to explore the history of American poetry from Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman, up to the present day. Through close reading, discussion and recorded excerpts, we shall consider the changing face of poetry through the 20th Century as we consider the Beat poets, the Confessional poetry of poets such as Sylvia Plath, the New York School of poets and the connection between poetry and politics.
Course description 1. Introduction.

2. Founding fathers/mothers: Walt Whitman & Emily Dickinson.

3. The vernacular: Robert Frost & Langston Hughes.

4. Modernism: Eliot, Pound, Williams, Stevens.

5. Observations: Marianne Moore & Elizabeth Bishop.

6. Cooked and raw: Robert Lowell & Allen Ginsberg.

7. The problem of "confession": Sylvia Plath.

8. Personal impersonalism: Louise Gl├╝ck & Frank Bidart.

9. New York school: Frank O'Hara and John Ashbery.

10. Poetry & politics: Juan Felipe Herrera & Terrance Hayes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. understand the textual strategies and working assumptions at the root of poets' work
  2. assess the interactions between poetry and issues of voice, race, gender, history and art.
  3. form an awareness of the poetic traditions and diversity in America
Reading List
Students should not purchase books until the course is confirmed to run, and their teacher instructs them to do so.

Dove, Rita, ed. The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry (2013)

McClatchy, J.D., ed., The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (2003)

Criticism

Bendixen, Alfred and Stephen Burt, eds, The Cambridge History of American Poetry (2014)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills * Critical reading and analysis
* Participation in discussion
* Collaborative working
* Composition of discursive essays
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserMrs Anthea Coleman-Chan
Tel: (0131 6)51 1589
Email: Anthea.Coleman-Chan@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Nicola Dove
Tel:
Email: Nicola.Dove@ed.ac.uk
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