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CHID 250 C: Special Topics: Introduction To The History Of Ideas

"Underworld Poetics: Writing from Other Dimensions"

Meeting Time: 
TTh 10:30am - 12:20pm
Location: 
PDL C101
SLN: 
12385
Joint Sections: 
C LIT 250 C
Instructor:
July Hazard Headshot
July Hazard

Syllabus Description:

Underworld Poetics: Writing from Other DImensions

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.

Additional Details:

Description: Visionary poets can stand in strange relation to the world. Some come from or speak from another world. Others inhabit worlds that are illuminated, haunted, or transparent. Some recount travel between layers of reality, or report enhanced encounters with nonhuman 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. Class writings will probe poetic relations to natural and social environments, via automatic writing, somatic composition, text collage, and other experiments. Students will keep illustrated journals of their otherworldly engagements, and construct or improvise underworlds.

Catalog Description: 
Examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework. Satisfies the Gateways major/minor requirement. Offered: AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Writing (W)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
November 13, 2018 - 11:20am
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