ENGL 459

Contemporary American Poetry

This course explores the diverse aesthetics and cultural locations of American poetry since 1945. Situating contemporary U.S. fiction in the literary, historical, and cultural contexts pertinent to its creation, the course may attend to a variety of developments, including New Critical formalism, the New American poetry, Beat poetry, the poetry of liberation movements (feminist, black nationalist, Chicano/a, Asian American, Native American, and gay and lesbian), the rise of graduate writing programs, language poetry and other radical formalisms, and performance poetry (including poetry slams), among others. Issues of literary theory, poetry and community, and institutional settings are also addressed.