Spring 2010
Fully Enrolled

HUMS 632
Reading and Writing Poetry

Hughes,Gertrude Reif

01/23/2010 - 02/13/2010
Note: Special Schedule 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Allbritton Center 004


Special Schedule: Saturdays and Sundays, January 23, 24, and February 6, 7, and 13

This immersion course is designed for students who enjoy reading poetry and/or writing it and who want to give both analytic and creative attention to this area of literary study.

Imagination, Inspiration, Intuition: We all have them in a more or less dormant state. How can we awaken them, nurture them, work with them? By writing our own poems and reading samples from canonical American poet--Whitman to Lucille Clifton, Emerson to Wallace Stevens and Langston Hughes, Dickinson to Hilda Doolittle Gwendolyn Brooks, and Adrienne Rich--our goal will be to engage, deepen, and harmonize our own versions of the human capacities for creative activity.

Classes will have a daily lecture by the instructor, followed by journaling and discussion. You are not expected to prepare readings for these lectures. Each day you will perform writing exercises, both collaborative and individual. We will also work in small groups daily, offering collegial feedback on each other's writing and further discussion of course themes. All class members are required to do a presentation. More detailed instructions will be available after January 7. A final project will consist of a substantial portfolio of each student's writing--poems and/or prose items. The contents will be written in class time, edited in small groups, perfected at home. Due about 10 days after the end of the course, the portfolio should be pertinent to our course and demonstrate your mastery.

Course tuition: $2022.

Enrollment is limited to 18 students. This class is not open to auditors.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
Course Syllabus

Immersion courses are worth three units of credit and are academically as rigorous as a regular term course, only the class meetings are compressed into a very short time. Students interested in immersion courses should be aware that the syllabus usually requires that students prepare for up to a month prior to the first class meeting and complete assignments in the weeks following the course. Please click here for more information about immersion courses.


Gertrude Hughes (BA Mount Holyoke College; MAT Wesleyan University; PHD Yale University; MAA Wesleyan University) is Professor of English, Emerita.


ENROLLMENT INFORMATION

Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
Paul Matthews, SING ME THE CREATION: A SOURCEBOOK FOR POETS AND TEACHERS, (Hawthorne Press)

Walt Whitman, LEAVES OF GRASS, (Intro by Malcolm Cowley) (Penguin Classics)

Langston Hughes, SELECTED POEMS OF LANGSTON HUGHES, (Vintage Classics)

READING MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE AT BROAD STREET BOOKS, 45 BROAD STREET, MIDDLETOWN, 860-685-7323 Order your books online

PLEASE NOTE: A required course packet is available at PIP Printing. This packet can be ordered online at www.pipmid.com.

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