Summer 2011

HUMS 633
The Poem, the Poet, and the World: Documenting Nature and Selfhood in 19th Century English Poetry

Weiner,Stephanie Kuduk

07/04/2011 - 08/05/2011
Tuesday & Thursday 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM

Downey 100

This course traces a tradition of English poetry that strove to capture the vitality and particularity of the natural world and the complex inner life of the poet - and to understand the relationship between them. The poems we will study were responsible for making observation and reflection indispensable skills for the poet; for inventing the meditative lyric and placing it at the center of modern poetry; and for establishing a close association between the patterns and orders of nature and the structures of poetry. These poems offer important statements about the value of the natural world in its own right as well as in fostering the intellectual, creative, and spiritual explorations of human beings. And they explore, in exceptionally rich and nuanced ways, the enduring questions that inspire the study of poetry: questions about representation and imagery, about truth and imagination, and about poetic form. Although the subject of this course is poetry and our conversations will focus intensively on matters of literary theme and form, students interested in ecology, psychology, and the arts are warmly welcome.

Enrollment is limited to 18 students.

This course is open to auditors.

The deadline to withdraw and receive a tuition refund for this course is Wednesday, July 6 at 5:00 pm. Please visit our website for a complete list of registration and withdrawal dates for this session.

A syllabus for this course is available at:
HUMS 633

Stephanie Weiner (B.A., University of Minnesota; Ph.D., Stanford University) is associate professor of English. In 2010 she was awarded the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in teaching. She teaches courses in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, romantic and Victorian poetry, aesthetics and art history, and poetry and poetics. She is the author of Republican Politics and English Poetry, 1789-1874 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), and Clare's Lyric: John Clare and Three Modern Poets (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). Click here for more information about Stephanie Weiner.


Consent of Instructor Required: No

Format: Seminar

Level: GLSP Credits: 3 Enrollment Limit: 18

Texts to purchase for this course:
William Wordsworth, Major Works, Oxford World's Classics

Matthew Arnold, Poems, Everyman Paperbacks

Robert Browning, My Last Duchess and other poems, Dover Thrift Editions

Gerard Manley Hopkins, Major Works, Oxford World's Classics

Alfred Tennyson, Major Works, Oxford World's Classics

John Clare, Major Works, Oxford World's Classics

W.B. Yeats, Major Works, Oxford World's Classics

John Keats, Major Works, Oxford World's Classics

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