English / Comparative Literature 795
Unsettling the Word: Attack of the Difficult Syllabus (The Additional Poetics of Estrangement, Disturbance, Expropriation, Abnormality, and the Pataque(e)rical)
Not limited to Mondays 6-8:50 in KWH
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The first thing to do it to subscribe to the list. With your email and password, you will have access to the list web archive. Each seminar participant should send out a response to the week's reading. These responses are due by Sunday morning. Posts are meant to serve as informal, journal-like, commentary on what interests/engages/concerns/elates/disturbs you in the reading and as a way to continue the discussions form the seminar sessions. (You can alternately think of it simply as a way to share your notes with the rest of us: gloss, critique, etc. In the context of this seminar, glosses and summaries are very useful.)
Each participant should plan to engage with the material in ways not limited to class discussion, taking the materials out of the syllabus and class discussions in order to apply them to new situations. Conversely, materials inspired by or tangentially related to class discussions should also be included (by commentary, intervention, or simply raising questions for the group). There need be no uniformity in the style or form of the listserv posts or responses.
1. Jan. 24: Introduction
Map of Colombia:
Translation from Venuti onward
The extraordinary is never more than an extension of the ordinary.
I welcome the additional of specific reports on poets and poetic practice that participants want to present to the seminar, including providing additional reading, so for responses, please consider this (either in terms of a poet listed in the syllabus, in this note, from the North of Invention festival or KWH visitor, or otherwise/otherhow.
2. Jan. 31: Pataphysics
3. Feb. 7 Michael Davidson lecture and seminar visit.
6pm lecture at Kelly Writers House Art Cafe: 'Pregnant Men: Modernism, Disability, and Biofuturity in Djuna Barnes'
Watch Tod Browning's film Freaks
4/5 Feb. 14 and 21: Philosophical Investigations: Conditions Ordinary and Extraordinary: Wittgenstein and the Pataque(e)rical
6. Feb. 28: Al Filreis seminar visit: Teaching Modernist & Contemporary Poetry
Charles Bernstein as "untheorized" at Harriet
March 7 Spring Break No Class
7. March 14 Johanna Drucker seminar visit
co-sponsored by EDIT
8. March 21 Hannah Weiner
Walter Benjamin "On Some Motifs in Baudelaire"
Persons of Interest:
9. 10. March 28 & April 4 Jerome McGann & Patacriticism
co-sponsored by EDIT
McGann lecture April 4 6pm in Arts Cafe: 'Philology in a New Key: Poe, Decentered Culture, and Critical Method'
followed by seminar visit
"Edgar Allen Poe was 3/5 genius É and 2/5 sheer fudge"--James Russell Lowell
Ojibwe digital archive
Ben Friedlander's Simulcast
Tom Stoppard: Arcadia and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
11. April 11 Leslie Scalapino's Essays:
Scalapino's disagreement with Perloff, Silliman
12. April 18: Seminar Participants Present Plans for Final Projects, Ongoing Research, etc.(Note we need to do this a bit early because final class will be Perloff lecture and discussion.)
In the interest of our discussions about paratexts and hypertexts, and the focus on constellations created around ideas, collect the in-class references and outside materials inspired by the weekly readings and discussions. Envision this as a way of engaging with the material that floats around the ether of our class-sanctioned discussions and readings.
13. April 25 Marjorie Perloff (final class)
Tues., April 26 at 3: meeting with Perloff at KWH
Reread everything we've read for this class so far