Fall 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course surveys the poetry of the European continent during a time of great change: the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. The pulse of this poetry is intimately connected with the wide variety of transformations in this period. Political change (World War One, the Russian Revolution, and the fall of three empires), social change (the expansion of industrialization, colonialism, and urban centers), and technological change (the telephone, the airplane, even the matchstick) all produce a dissatisfaction with earlier modes of poetry, earlier vocabularies, forms, and attitudes. The result is an exciting period of experiment and creativity in which poets investigate the nature of their art. At the center of their probing is a simple question: in this new world, who are we? Does the coming of a new world mean a new soul, a new language, to create a new poetry?
The list of poets will include: Charles Baudelaire, Anna Akhmatova, Rainer Maria Rilke, Edith Sodergran, Lucian Blaga, Federico GarcÃa Lorca, and others. We will also read some short plays, a hybrid prose work, and manifestoes from movements such as Dada and Surrealism.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Two exams, quizzes, an essay