Driving to the Interior: The Poetics of Place with Elizabeth Bishop and Mark Doty

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Sommersemester 2019

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Course Information
Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154643 Driving to the Interior: The Poetics of Place with Elizabeth Bishop and Mark Doty - Group A 2 PS Di 12:15 - 13:45 R. 0.406 Cowgill
154646 Driving to the Interior: The Poetics of Place with Elizabeth Bishop and Mark Doty - Group B 2 PS Mi 14:15 - 15:45 R. 0.420 Cowgill
Course Description

From the outset, with her first book North & South, Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry has been particularly concerned with place. She traveled a good deal, living in various houses in various states and countries, publishing only a few books in her lifetime. She was still widely acclaimed. In “Santarém” she writes “I liked the place; I liked the idea of the place.” Her poems have been categorized as highly technical, descriptive and formal. John Ashbery called her “a writer’s writer’s writer.” In this course we will be mapping how Bishop writes about place, her techniques and tendencies, in order to see what she’s saying about poetry and in turns, identity. In the second half of the course we will move forward in time to Mark Doty. An exceptionally gifted poet, digressive yet detailed, one reviewer called him “a poet of glow.” He is also a city poet and renders gay urban life in America with incredible precision and beauty. We will study the idea of the place, in this case the city, in Doty’s work. A reader will be made available at the beginning of the semester.
Michaela Cowgill is guest lecturer from the University of Virginia.

Modules
Modulzuordnungen
Lehramtsstudiengänge
LABG G: HRG/HRSGe GyGe/BK SP
2009 602 503 503
2016 503 503
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften:
B.A.ALK: B.A.AS: M.A.ALK: M.A.AS:
PO vor WS 16/17:
  • Kern: 1c, 2abc, 3a
  • Komp: 1b, 2c
Komp: 2a
PO ab WS 16/17:
  • Kern: 1c, 2abc, 3a
  • Komp: 1b, 2c
Komp: 2a