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Fall 2021
Nov 27, 2021
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Gender&Care in Mod. US Poetry - 34680 - ENGL 443 - 01
In this class, we’ll explore modern and contemporary American poetry through the lenses of gender and disability theory, particularly as they center the question of care. We’ll examine the way a range of poets, with and without disabilities, take up critical questions in their work, including: how do we care for one another from childhood through aging? How are our relationships of care charged with the power dynamics of race, class, immigration status, and gender? Does the work of care conflict with or engender creativity in poetry? And how might understanding ourselves through our dependency on others reframe such core American values as independence and rational individualism? Since much of the work of care (both familial and non-familial, unpaid and inadequately paid) has been assigned to women and femme-identified people, they will make up the bulk of our syllabus. We’ll examine the writing lives of selected 20th and 21st century women poets who played significant roles in shaping the literary fields in which they worked, and we’ll think about poetic community as a form of care. Some poets we'll consider include: Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Audre Lorde, Alice Notley, and Lucille Clifton. We'll also cull new canons of work from movements and communities such as HIV/AIDS, Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and immigration rights. This course participates in the Disability Studies Program event series. Students will attend lectures and performances by renowned disability theorists, advocates, and artists.
Associated Term: Fall 2021
Registration Dates: Apr 05, 2021 to Sep 03, 2021
Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Attributes: X-List: DBST, Core: Diversity/Domestic, X-List: AMST, X-List: WGST

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3.000 Credits
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Type Time Days Where Date Range Schedule Type Instructors
Lecture 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm TR Intercultural Center 118 Aug 25, 2021 - Dec 17, 2021 Lecture Libbie Rifkin E-mail

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