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C LIT 250 C: Introduction to Comparative Literature: Literature and Culture

Meeting Time: 
TTh 10:30am - 12:20pm
PDL C101
Joint Sections: 
CHID 250 C
July Vine Oskar Hazard

Syllabus Description:

Underworld Poetics: Writing from Other Dimensions

Office hours: Th 1-3 pm & by appt. / PDL B102-B

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Visionary poets can stand in strange relation to the world. Some come from or speak from another world. Some recount travel between layers of reality, or report enhanced encounters with animals, plants, and other beings. This class explores ways some writers cross into and write out of other dimensions—including punk clubs, gay underworlds, subway tunnels, fleabag hotels, outer space, undersea civilizations, angelic and demonic realms. We will read and discuss poetry and supporting texts, attending to writers' perception and cultivation of more-than-human entanglements. Class writings will probe poetic relations to natural and social environments. Students will keep illustrated journals of their otherworldly engagements, and improvise an underworld together.

Catalog Description: 
Study of literature in its relation to culture. Focuses on literature as a cultural institution, directly related to the construction of individual identity and the dissemination and critique of values.
Department Requirements Met: 
Pre-req to Declare Literature Major
GE Requirements Met: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:12pm