Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
920116546201520th Century Poetry in Theory and PracticeElective128
Level of Course Unit
Second Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The aim of the course is to provide the graduate students the ability and knowledge of studying and understanding twentieth century American poetry. Through an analysis of a wide range of poetic voices, schools of poetry and the socio-political scope of each artistic group, mainstream motifs distinctive to post-WWI and post-WWII American poetry will be discussed.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Atilla Silkü
Learning Outcomes
1The ability to analyze and study the technical language of poetry
2The ability to analyze and compare the distinctive themes of American poetry within their historical context
3The ability to understand and evaluate the transformation of American poetry
4The ability to comprehend social, political, artistic and personal sensibilities that shape twentieth century American poetry
5The ability to compare/contrast the different schools of poetry with respect to the artistic movements they are bound to.
6The ability to understand, explain and criticize the development American poetry has gone through and its impact on the society
7The commitment to read and criticize articles on poetry
8The commitment to make academic research on a graduate level considering twentieth century American poetry
9The ability to do research about certain schools of American poetry and prepare academic reports about it
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Distinctive motifs, themes, schools of poetry prevalent in the twentieth century American poetry tradition. Modernism: Alienation and Literary Experimentation Language Awareness Towards Poetry Post-WWII American Poetry Postmodernism: Different Visions and Identities Ethnic Voices Female Voices
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Introduction to the Course: Content, Aim, Importance and Requirements Introduction
2Common themes, motifs, schools of poetry distinctive in the twentieth century American poetry tradition. Going through the mechanics of poetics. General Discussion, Reading Materials (Paul Lauter,ed, The Heath Anthology of American Literature Vol. II, s.: 949-982). Jones, R.T. Studying Poetry, Prologue. Shucard, Alan, Fred Moramarco, and William Sullivan. Eds. Modern American Poetry: 1865-1950, Prologue.)
3Modernism: Alienation and Literary Experimentation: Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams. Individual and class discussion of materials, questionnarie and reading materials (Paul Lauter,ed, The Heath Anthology of American Literature Vol. II, s.: 1256-1263, 1310, 1323, 1328, 1435-1462. Perkins, David, A History of Modern Poetry and After, s.: 3-32, 214-276. Perloff, Marjorie, The Dance of the Intellect, s.: 1-33, 88-119.)
4Imagists: Amy Lowell, Gertrude Stein, H.D., ee cummingsIndividual and class discussion of materials. Questionnaire and reading materials (Paul Lauter,ed, The Heath Anthology of American Literature Vol. II, s.:1282-1289, 1297,1304-07,1380-1383, 1421, 1428, 1423 Perkins, David, A History of Modern Poetry and After, s.:32-60.)
5New Criticism and the Fugitives: Robert Penn Warren, John Crowe Ransom, Allen TateIndividual and class discussion of materials. Questionnaire and reading materials (Paul Lauter,ed, The Heath Anthology of American Literature Vol. II, s.:1832, 1844, 1851 Perkins, David, A History of Modern Poetry and After, s.: 74-110.)
6The Objectivists: Charles Reznikoff, George Oppen, Louis Zukofsky.Individual and class discussion of materials. Questionnaire and reading materials (Perkins, David, A History of Modern Poetry and After, s.: 300-331, Perloff, Marjorie, The Dance of the Intellect, s.: 119-135, Shucard, Alan, Fred Moramarco, and William Sullivan. Eds. Modern American Poetry: 1865-1950 ,s.:35-90.)
7The Black Mountain Poets: Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley.Individual and class discussion of materials. Questionnaire and reading materials (Paul Lauter,ed, The Heath Anthology of American Literature Vol. II, s.:2296-2302, 2309-2327 Perkins, David, A History of Modern Poetry and After, s.: 486-528.)
8The Confessionals: Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath. Adrienne RichIndividual and class discussion of materials. Questionnaire and reading materials (Paul Lauter,ed, The Heath Anthology of American Literature Vol. II, s.: 2264-2269, 2351-2355, 2341-2348, 2530-2536 Perkins, David, A History of Modern Poetry and After, s.: 404-418, 588-600.)
9The Beats and the San Francisco Poetsi: Gregory Corso, Gary Snyder, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence FerlinghettiIndividual and class discussion of materials. Questionnaire and reading materials (Paul Lauter,ed, The Heath Anthology of American Literature Vol. II, s.: 2303-2308, 2370-2374, 2377-2388, Perkins, David, A History of Modern Poetry and After, s.: 528-553, 418-445.)
10The Ethnic Poets: Audre Lorde, Gary Soto, Joy Harjo, Wendy Rose, Janice Mirikitani, Simon OrtizIndividual and class discussion of materials. Questionnaire and reading materials (Paul Lauter,ed, The Heath Anthology of American Literature Vol. II, s.: 3125-3130, 3090-3095, 3065-3070, 3049-3057, 3043-3048, 2936-2941.)
11The New York Poets: John Ashbery, Frank O’Hara, Kenneth Koch.Individual and class discussion of materials. Questionnaire and reading materials (Paul Lauter,ed, The Heath Anthology of American Literature Vol. II, s.: 2996-3000, 2329-2332 Perkins, David, A History of Modern Poetry and After, s.: 614-638, 528-553.)
12Paper PresentationsPaper Presentations
13Paper PresentationsPaper Presentations
14Paper PresentationsPaper Presentations
15General Discussion Before the Final ExamGeneral Discussion, questions and answers.
16Final Exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Jones, R.T. Studying Poetry. London Edward Arnold, 1986. Lauter, Paul, Gen.Ed. The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Vol.II. Massachusetts : DC Heath & Comp., 1990. Shucard, Alan, Fred Moramarco, and William Sullivan. Eds. Modern American Poetry: 1865-1950, Boston: Twayne Publ., 1989 Perloff, Marjorie. The Dance of the Intellect. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 1985. Perkins, David. A History of Modern Poetry and After. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1987.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Activities are given in detail in the section of "Assessment Methods and Criteria" and "Workload Calculation"
Assessment Methods and Criteria
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Language of Instruction
English
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Final Examination133
Attending Lectures14228
Discussion14114
Team/Group Work148112
Report Preparation23060
Report Presentation166
Self Study14684
Performance6530
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)337
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