United States Avant-Garde Poetry since 1950
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
20 August 2019
Requisites for this module
This survey module explores genealogies and differences in experimental poetry from the U.S.A, across the late 20th and early 21st century. As well as scanning the nation from East to West, this module pays attention to the 20th century as a period of Little Magazines and ambitious anthologies, considering the way that publishing and circulation practices have created "schools" of poetry.
The overall function of the module is to expose students to poetry that is off the beaten track, and may not have been taught at undergraduate level. Within the major schools of avant-garde poetry, emphasis is placed on the more marginal and experimental voices: women, writers of colour and queer writers are reintroduced to what are already alternative canons here, in order to question the way that we categorise poetry.
* To create a timeline of the modern period in U.S. poetry, so that students understand who came when, and what their relationship was to the writers who came before and after them.
* To consider how poetry and poetic language develop within regional coteries.
* To expand students' familiarity with poetry, so that the very funny or the very weird is considered alongside the very serious and the very famous.
* To encourage students to engage with contemporary poetry, and to explore the role of poetic language as a social and political tool.
All students will:
• Develop an overview of poetic experiments in the second half of the 20th century, in the USA.
• Explore different ways of composing poetry in a collaborative environment.
• Broaden their understanding of what makes a poem.
• Develop a position on the role of poetry in contemporary society.
Charles Olson, “Projective Verse”
Zoe Leonard, “I Want a Dyke for President”
Frank O'Hara – Selected Poems (ed. Don Allen, 2005)
John Ashbery – Selected Poems (1998)
Ashbery, O'Hara et al – The New York Poets: An Anthology, 2004
V.R. Lang – Poems and Plays (1975)
Allen Ginsberg – Howl, Kaddish and Other Poems (2009)
Anne Waldman – Fast Speaking Woman (1986)
Diane Di Prima - Pieces of a Song (1990)
Amiri Baraka – S.O.S (2016)
Jack Spicer – My Vocabulary Did This To Me (2010)
Robert Duncan – The Collected Early Poems and Plays (2012)
Charles Olson – Selected Poems (1997)
Robert Creeley – Selected Poems 1945-2005 (2008)
Edward Dorn – Hands Up! (1964)
Charles Bernstein – All the Whiskey in Heaven (2010)
17. Rae Armantrout – Partly (2016)
18. Leslie Scalapino – It's Go in Horizontal (2008)
19. Miguel lgarin (ed.) – Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets Café (1994)
20. Eileen Myles – Snowflake/ Different Streets (2014)
21. Alice Notley – Grave of Light (2008)
22. Bernadette Mayer – Work and Days (2016)
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Final Essay (5,000 words) or Project (5,
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Jordan Savage
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Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.
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