Berkeley English Faculty

Lyn Hejinian

Lyn Hejinian

John F. Hotchkis Professor of English

Wheeler Hall, room 406
Wednesdays 2-4:30
lynhejinian@berkeley.edu


Books
A Guide to Poetics Journal:  Writing in the Expanded Field 1982-1998
A Guide to Poetics Journal: Writing in the Expanded Field 1982-1998

Between 1982 and 1998, Lyn Hejinian and Barrett Watten edited the highly influential Poetics Journal, whose ten issues contributed to a surge of interest in the practice of poetics.  A Guide to Poetics Journal presents the major conversations and de....(read more)

FIELDS:
Book of a Thousand Eyes
Book of a Thousand Eyes

Ranging widely in subject and tone, this collection of prose begins as an homage to Scheherazade—the heroine of The Arabian Nights whose nightly tale-telling saved her culture and her own life by teaching a powerful and murderous ruler to abandon cr....(read more)

FIELDS:
My Life and My Life in the Nineties
My Life and My Life in the Nineties

Lyn Hejinian's My Life is one of the foundational texts of Language Poetry.  First published in 1980, and revised in 1987 and 2002, My Life is now firmly established in the postmodern canon.  This Wesleyan edition includes the 45-part prose poem seq....(read more)

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Selected Publications and Papers Delivered
poetry:Saga / Circus (Omnidawn Books, 2008)Situations, Sings (written with Jack Collom; Adventures in Poetry, 2008)The Lake (with Emilie Clark; Granary Books, 2004)My Life in the Nineties (Shark Books, 2003)The Fatalist (Omnidawn Books, 2003)Slowly (Tuumba Press, 2002)A Border Comedy (Granary Books, 2001) The Beginner (Spectacular Books, 2000; Tuumba Press, 2002) Happily (Post-Apollo Press, 2000)Sight (written with Leslie Scalapino; Edge Books, 1999)Oxota: A Short Russian Novel (The Figures, 1991)My Life (second version; Sun & Moon Press, 1987) volumes of critical prose:The Language of Inquiry (University of California Press, 2000)Leningrad, written with Michael Davidson, Ron Silliman, Barrett Watten (Mercury House, 1991) translations:Description, poems by Arkadii Dragomoshchenko (Sun & Moon Press, 1990)Xenia, poems by Arkadii Dragomoshchenko (Sun & Moon Press, 1994) 

Current Research
Professor Hejinian also works on modernist and postmodern literature, American postwar experimental literature, Gertrude Stein, the Objectivists, Language Writing, Soviet Russian poetry, translation, small press publishing, and questions of aesthetics and ethics.

Recent English Courses Taught
fall, 2019

134/1

Contemporary Literature

134/101 -- discussion section

No instructor assigned yet.

134/102 -- discussion section

No instructor assigned yet.

134/103 -- discussion section

No instructor assigned yet.

134/104 -- discussion section

No instructor assigned yet.

190/1

Research Seminar: Creative Sentences

fall, 2018

203/1

Graduate Readings: Allegorical Moments: Public, Private, and the Writing of Everyday Life

fall, 2017

165/2

Special Topics: Art of Writing

243B/1

Poetry Writing Workshop