English 203

Graduate Readings: 20th-Century Poetry


Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2012 Altieri, Charles F.
MW 1:30-3 305 Wheeler

Book List

Ashbery, John: Collected Poetry; Hegel, F.: Phenomenology of Spirit; Pound, Ezra: Gaudier-Brzska; Stevens, Wallace: Collected Poetry and Prose; Wittgenstein, Ludwig: Culture and Value; Wittgenstein, Ludwig: Major Works

Other Readings and Media

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Description

This course will be devoted to how specific philosophical texts can help us think about models of authorship and reading typified by Pound, Yeats,  Stevens, and Ashbery, but with I hope significant implications for most recent poetry.  We will read Nietzsche on knowledge, value, and morality in relation to Pound (his work from 1912-25); Hegel on concepts of expression and perhaps ethics in relation to selections from Yeats; and Wittgenstein on expression, confession, display, and aspect seeing in relation to Stevens and to Ashbery (primarily to imagine how indeterminacy can be a valued state).  Participants will be expected to produce one class project and review one as well as a twenty-page paper.

This course satisfies the 20th-century historical breadth requirement.

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