English 584
Charles Bernstein
Thursdays 12:30-3:10

Please theWednesdays at Four calendar for a number of links related to the visitors.

Key: TL=Talking Leaves RES=Graduate Reserve PR=420 Capen

1. (Jan. 18) - Introduction
Peter Nicholls, Modernisms (TL, Res)
Charles Baudelaire, "Á Une Mendiante Rousse" (handout)
William Carlos Williams, "The Young Housewife", "Queen Anne's Lace", "Spring & All XVIII [For Elsie]" (handout)
Marjorie Perloff, The Futurist Moment (RES)
Jerome Rothenberg, Revolution of the Word (RES)
Jerome Rothernberg and Pierre Joris's Poems for the Millennium, volume one
American Poetry: The Twentieth Century (Library of America, two vols.)

2. (Jan. 25) Stein Portraits
from A Stein Reader:
Making of Americans (sec b, e, f, g, h), "Mattisse," "Picasso," "What Happened," "Carl Van Vechten," "Article," "Guillaume Apollinaire," "Idem the Same: A Valentine for Sherwood Anderson," "Cezanne," "Van or Twenty Years After: A Second Portrait of Carl Van Vechten," "If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso," "Sitwell Edith Sitwell"
Recommended: Stein EPC page

3. (Jan. 31) Tender Buttons
Stein, Tender Buttons (TL) (also on line via EPC Stein page)

4. (Feb. 8) Stein Poetics
from A Stein Reader:
"An Elucidation," "Business in Baltimore," "Composition as Explanation," "An Acquaintance with Description,"" More Grammar for a Sentence" from "Stanzas in Meditation", "Identity: A Play"
Charles Bernstein, "Stein's Identity", in My Way and on line via Muse/MFS (see library's e-resources page).

5. (Feb. 15) Midcentury Modernism
Robert Creeley visit. His suggested readings:
The New American Poetry, ed. Don Allen
Marianne Moore, review of NAP in The New York Times
Marjorie Perloff on Allen anthology:
John Ciardi, Mid-Century American Poetry - table of contents at this link (the book is in Lockwood and also in Poetry Collection)
Alan Golding, "New, Newer, and Newest American Poetries"
Steve Clay and Rodney Phillips on NAP
Hall, Pack and Simpson's New Poets of England and America (RES and also in Poetry Collection) (and see recent gloss)

6. (Feb. 22) Jed Rasula visit
"The Pathic Receptacles of Modernism":
American Poetry Wax Museum (TL, Res)
Imagining Language (TL, Res)
Tabula Rasula (PR)

7. (March 1) Kathleen Fraser visit
Kathleen Fraser, Translating the Unspeakable: Poetry and the Innovative Necessity
_________, Il Cuore: Selected Poems

8. (March 15) Modernist Manifestoes (1)
9. (March 22) Modernist Manifestoes (2)
Mary Ann Caws, ed., Manifesto: A Century of Isms
Each seminar participant must team up with two or more others and present a manifesto or set of related manifestos to the group, arguing their merits, and perhaps extending the argument with new manifestos. A/v presentations and handouts, to focus on poems and art work, welcome, though let me know if you need a slide projector. Please announce on core-l your choice of collaborators and manifestoes. We should be able to do about three or four groups each week.

10. (March 29) Tan Lin on T.S. Eliot
T.S. Eliot, Collected Poems (also on line at LION/UB Library)
________ Selected Prose, ed. Frank Kermode (Sacred Wood on line)
Tan Lin, from "Ambient Stylistics"
B. C. Southam, A Guide to the Selected Poems of T.S. Eliot (strongly recommend by Tan Lin) (TL, Res, Poetry Room)
Tan Lin, Lotion Bullwhip Giraffe (TL, Poetry Collection)
Recommended Eliot Criticism (from Tan Lin):
Jeffrey Perl, Skepticism and Modern Enmity
Franco Moretti, Signs taken for wonders : essays in the sociology of literary forms (chapter on Eliot)
Richard Shusterman, T.S. Eliot and The Philosophy of Criticism
William Skaff, The philosophy of T.S. Eliot: From Skepticism to a Surrealist Poetic, 1909-1927
Peter Ackroyd, T.S. Eliot (biography)
Lyndall Gordon, Eliot's Early Years
Eliot, Letters, esp. The Dial letters
Eliot, The Waste Land: A Facsimile and Transcript of the Original Drafts including the Annotations of Ezra Pound
further reading
Leon Surette, The Birth of Modernism : Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, W. B. Yeats, and the occult

11. Stevenesque
Wallace Stevens, "Ordinary Evening in New Haven", "Idea of Order at Key West" (available on web via LION/UB library)

12. (April 12) Charles Altieri visit
Recent Altieri essays:
" "Reading for Affect in the Lyric:: From Modern to Contemporary"
"Taking Lyrics Literally: Teaching Poetry in a Prose Culture"
"The Theory of Emotions in Eliot's Poetics"
"Stevens's Ideas of Feeling: Towards an Exponential Poetics"
Painterly Abstraction in Modernist American Poetry and Postmodernisms Now: Essays on Contemporaneity in the Arts

13 (April 19) Digital Poetry Festival
Festival will go on till Saturday, but there will be a special panel on Thurs. afternoon geared for the seminar. More information pending.

14 (April 26) LAST CLASS

Required Books at Talking Leaves:
Don Allen, ed., New American Poetry
Mary Ann Caws, ed., Manifesto: A Century of Isms (due out soon)
T.S. Eliot, Eliot, Collected Poems Harcourt Brace
_______ Selected Prose, ed. Frank Kermode Harcourt Brace
Kathleen Fraser, Il Cuore
____Translating the Unspeakable: Poetry and the Innovative Necessity
Peter Nicholls, Modernisms
Gertrude Stein, Tender Buttons
A Stein Reader, ed. Ulla Dydo

Tan Lin, Lotion Bullwhip Giraffe
Jed Rasula: American Poetry Wax Museum
_______ Imagining Language (ed. with Steve McCaffery)
B. C. Southam, A Guide to the Selected Poems of T.S. Eliot (if you want this book, be sure to place individual order with Talking Leaves)