Mid-20th Century Literature (LTAM 100D)

Andrew completed this course, “Mid 20th Century Literature: Ten Women Poets,” after successfully revising each of his three essays. He related an idea of Muriel Rukeyser’s on the power of art, set out in The Life of Poetry, to Rukeyser’s poem “The Backside of the Academy” and a poem by Gwendolyn Brooks, “My Little ‘Bout-Town Gal.” An innovative, generative pairing of Sylvia Plath’s “Medusa” with Anne Sexton’s “The Legend of the One Eyed Man”  produced thoughtful and provocative readings  His final paper on Anne Waldman and her “disembodied school of poetics” rambles and meanders, yet illuminates aspects of Waldman’s contributions to the Beat poets.

Course description: Major works from the 1930s to the 1960s, with attention to their social and cultural context.

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