Fall 2014 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Poetry is a genre. As such it is governed by soft as well as hard compositional conventions. More importantly, poetry-as-genre is the product of a set of readerly expectations. What are these conventions, and what are these expectations?
This course will be a collaborative effort in discovering answers to these questions. Together, we will investigate the diverse array of contemporary approaches to "the poetic," measure these against "classic" or "established" approaches. In doing so, we will focus on voice and tonality, forms and modes, and catalog those rhetorical "moves" that are vital to what we believe to be poetic. Finally, the class will enter into the dialogue surrounding contemporary poetics by conceiving, designing, editing and releasing to the public their own poetry publication.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Assessment And Evaluation Of Performance
1) Completion of assigned readings and reading responses (15% / 120 points).
2) Completion of regular writing exercises (15% / 120 points).
3) Submission of written comments for ALL workshop sessions (30% / 240 points)
4) Participation in the conception, editing and realization of a publication (journal or chapbook) to showcase the work of the poets enrolled in this course ("Final") (25% / 200 points).
5) Active participation in class discussion (15% / 120 points).