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ENGS 252 – Elizabeth Bishop & Mod. Poetry

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Recent topics: "The Beat Generation;" "Literature and Society in Modern Ireland;" "Dostoevsky's Influence on 20th Century American Literature." Prerequisite: ENGS 086; six hours at the intermediate level; Instructor permission.

Section Description: In one of her most famous poems, "In The Waiting Room," Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) in the voice of her childhood self wonderingly affirms: "You are an I, / You are an Elizabeth, / you are one of them. / Why should you be one too? / I scarcely dared to look / To see what it was I was. / I gave a sidelong glance." Starting from the premise that Bishop had an equally compelling and mysterious role within a historical community of poets, in this senior seminar we will learn about and discuss Bishop's life and writings in their "sidelong" relation to Literary History. The course offers an indirect survey of Modern Poetry, by gathering the influences on one of its finest examples. It explores all Bishop's slim body of work in depth, by reading her alongside other major modern poets who mattered to her art. These include: George Herbert, William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, Felicia Hemans, Alfred Tennyson, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, Robert Lowell, James Merrill, Adrienne Rich and others.

CRN: 13984

Section: C

Enrolled/Seats: 6/22

Days Time Location
T 16:00 - 18:45 WATERMAN BLDG 455

Instructor(s): Eric Reid Lindstrom

Meeting Dates: 13 Jan 2014 - 30 Apr 2014