440-01, CRN 17559
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3:15pm in Neville Hall 208
will investigate the works of three major American modernist writersGertrude
Stein, William Carlos Williams, and Louis Zukofskywithin the context
of the social, political, artistic, and intellectual movements of their
day. Topics to be explored include: modernism and the avant-garde; erotic
economies and the writing of desire; the politics of poetic representation;
and the shaping of "American" identity in the first half of
the twentieth century.
reading syllabus is available here.
As you will see there, rather than take each writer in isolation, we'll
pursue a braided strategy whereby each class session will touch upon
some texts/aspects of each writer, with emphases shifting from class
Library of America (volume 99)
New York: New Directions, 1971
Poems (edited by Charles Tomlinson)
New York: New Directions, 1985
New York: New Directions, 1963
Johns Hopkins, 1993
Complete Short Poetry
Johns Hopkins, 1997
Prepositions + [recommended]
Edited by Charles Bernstein and Mark Scroggins
will write formal essays of approximately 1000-words on each
of the three writers we'll be studying.
will also bring to completion a substantial project centered
on one or more of the writers.
intend to make this course you're capstone, it is essential that
you inform me of this decision within the first two meetings of class.
Criteria for Semester Grade
essays = 45 points (15 each)
= 45 points
participation, and preparedness = 10 points
attendance is mandatory. Semester grades will be lowered by one-third
for each unexcused absence in excess of the two permitted to all students.
have a disability for which you may be requesting an accommodation,
please contact either the instructor or the Onward program (http://www.umaine.edu/onward/),
as early as possible in the term.
Professor Steve Evans 215 Neville Hall
581-3809 "Steven Evans" on FC OH Tuesdays