English 90

Practices of Literary Study: Love and Sex

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
3 Fall 2021 Lavery, Grace
TTh 12:30-2 285 Cory Hall

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This elementary-level class will introduce students the range and complexity of poetic writing in English about love and sex, encompassing amatory and erotic lyric, pornographic and vulgar poetry, and verse drama. How has literary writing shaped both dominant and transgressive norms for thinking about love, marriage, sex, sexuality, and reproduction? How does poetry help us understand the meanings arising from experiences of embodiment, and how, in turn, does embodiment shape and determine the scope of poetry? We will read, think, and feel with W. H. Auden, Gwendolyn Brooks, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, Thom Gunn, Langston Hughes, Bhanu Kapil, Myung Mi Kim, Eileen Myles, Frank O’Hara, Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, Sappho, William Shakespeare, Gertrude Stein, Walt Whitman, and Oscar Wilde.


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