Women and Literature

L207 — Fall 2019

Instructor
Nikki Skillman
Days and Times
9:30a-10:45a MW (3 CR)
Course Description

Topic: Dickinson and Beyond

We will explore the luminous art and vibrant literary lega­cy of Emily Dickinson, one of America’s greatest poets. We will analyze Dickinson’s poems in depth and familiarize our­selves with her distinctive treat­ment of her great themes—na­ture, religion, love, and death; we will also consider how her biography, historical context, manuscripts and letters eluci­date her art. In the second half of the class, we will turn to her reception and influence upon generations of poets, including modernists such as H.D. and Louise Bogan, mid-20th-cen­tury poets such as Elizabeth Bishop, John Ashbery, Robert Creeley, and Philip Larkin, and more recent writers such as Su­san Howe, Agha Shahid Ali, Anne Carson and Jorie Graham. No previous experience with the study of poetry is expected.

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