Spring 2013 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Briante, Susan
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6350 Section 001
M Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Creating Poetry

Description of Course:

Poet Juliana Spahr defines the lyric as "an exemplary space for examining political intimacies, race and gender intimacies, and community intimacies in addition to...personal intimacy." This workshop will consider the relationship between the lyric tradition, autobiography, and contemporary poetries. This course will include literary analysis, research, and workshop components. About half of our time during the semester will be spent reading and analyzing books of poetry in order to consider the types of "intimacies" investigated by each poet and the writing strategies that serve them. During the other half of our time together, we will be furthering our exploration of lyric and autobiography in our own poems through workshop and writing assignments. Students specializing in creative writing will find this class useful in establishing an overview of contemporary poetics as well as in trying their hand at a variety of writing styles. Literature and History of Ideas students may find this class helpful as a way to learn about contemporary poetry from the inside out, working through both a critical and creative understanding of it.

Required Texts:

Greenstreet, Kate Young Tambling. ISBN-13: 9781934103357 (Due out in January 2013)
Koch, Kenneth Making Your Own Days ISBN-10: 0-684-82438-8
McGrath, Campbell Seven Notebooks: Poems ISBN-10: 0061254657
Nguyen, Hoa As Long As Trees Last by ISBN-10: 1933517611

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Participation/Workshop (20%)
Book Review (20%)
One Peer Analysis Essay (30%)
Final Portfolio of revised poems (30%)

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