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Advanced Seminar Group 2: Time and Mourning in Anne Carson’s Poetry
Professor Elizabeth Harvey
Jackman Humanities Building, 907Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgBrief Description of Course:
Anne Carson has achieved international acclaim through her innovations in generic form and brilliant engagements of classical literature. This course explores her lyric essays, translations, verse novels, and poems by focusing on questions of time and mourning. We’ll consider how Carson uses anachronism, decomposition, and prophecy in her radical interpretations of Greek myth and literature. We will investigate her ideas about translation and silence, death and loss, erotic love, such alternative states of consciousness as sleep and madness, the origin of words and the nature of etymology, the sedimentation of affect in language and gesture, and the capacity of poetry to chart the unknowable. We’ll read some critical and theoretical texts alongside Carson’s writing, and we’ll chart Carson’s intertextual encounters with Greek myth, philosophy, and English and European literatures. Works will include Nox, Red Doc, Plainwater, Float, Economy of the Unlost,
Required Reading: TBA.
First Three Authors/Texts: TBA.
Method of Evaluation: TBA.