Students will: •Focus on the understanding of experimental writing and the close reading of poems coming from the Beat Generation, Black Mountain Poetry, Confessional Poetry, first and second generation of the New York School of Poetry, Performance Poetry with special reference to African-American female poets, Hypertext and Electronic Poetry and so on. •Familiarize themselves with the reading of various essays written by the poets themselves and consider them within the broader context of postmodern theory •Get informed about the socio/cultural/artistic trends and the political context that influenced the formation of the writing style of each one of the poets under consideration.
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course focuses on the study of the most representative movements in contemporary American poetic production covering the period between 1950-present day within the broader context of postmodern theory.
postmodern theory, experimental writing, various poetic trends and poetics, race, gender
Additional bibliography for study
Allen, D. M. The Postmoderns: The New American Poetry Revised (1982).
Beach, Christopher. Artifice & Indeterminacy: an anthology of new poetics (1998).
Bernstein, Charles. Close listening: poetry and the performed word (1998).
Bradbury, Malcolm and Howard Temperley, eds. Introduction to American Studies (1998).
Bundtzen, Lynda K. Plath’s Incarnations: Woman and the Creative Process (1983).
Charters, Ann. The Beats: Literary Bohemians in Post war America (1983).
Coleman, Wanda. The Riot Inside Me: More Trials & Tremors (2005).
Diggory, Terence, and Stephen Paul Willer. The Scene of my Selves: New Work on New York School Poets (2001).
Foster, Edward Halsey. Understanding the Black Mountain Poets (1995).
Gelpi, Albert. Denise Levertov: Selected Criticism (1993).
Hyde, Lewis, ed. On the Poetry of Allen Ginsberg (1984).
Kac, Eduardo. Media Poetry: An International Anthology (2007).
Kane, Daniel. What is poetry: Conversations with the American Avant-garde (2003).
Lehman, David. The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets (1999).
Merrill, Thomas F. The Poetry of Charles Olson: A Primer (1982).
Von Hallberg, Robert. American Poetry and Culture, 1945-1980 (1985).
Wallace, Mark. Telling it Slant: Avant-garde Poetics of the 1990s (2002).