2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Prolegomena To A Future Poetics

Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Leonard Schwartz philosophy, creative writing

Fields of Study: literature, philosophy and writing

Winter: CRN (Credit) Level 20205 (16) Fr; 20206 (16) So - Sr; 20423 (1-16)  

Spring: Enrollment Accepting New Students  CRN (Credit) Level 30212 (16) Fr; 30213 (16) So - Sr; 30412 (1-16)  Signature Required Students should contact the faculty for an interview and portfolio review.   The portfolio should include at least 10 pages of critical or creative writing.  

Credits: 16(W); 16(S)

Variable Credit Options: 12- or 16-credit options available.

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior; 40% of the seats are reserved for freshmenFreshmen - Senior

Offered During: Day


This two-quarter program offers several perspectives on the art of poetry. The winter quarter features a series of intensive readings in ancient and classical poetry, and the compositional efforts of modern and contemporary avant-garde writers to reinvent or renew those works. The central questions of the quarter are: What is the relationship in poetry between original and translation? How are ancient works renewed or reinvented? Thus we will study, among other examples, the classical Chinese poet Li Po in relationship to Ezra Pound's transformation of that poetry in his 20th-century work; Homer's Iliad and its contemporary realization as Christopher Logue's War Music; Sappho and her contemporary translators; the American poet H.D's invention of Egypt in Trilogy; and the Afro-Caribbean poet Kamau Brathwaite and his notion of Nation Language .Students will work intensively on their own writing practices, both creative and critical. A writing workshop will offer constraint based writing exercises and prompts.

The spring quarter will continue the poetry writing workshop but shift in focus to the relationship between philosophical texts and those dimensions of poetry that philosophy can bring to the fore. This quarter the central focus will be on the relationship between image and idea and how, in language, one transforms into the other, with an eye (and mind) towards exploring new territories of poetic composition. This will be accomplished by paired texts, in which the work of an individual poet is read in juxtaposition to a theoretical text. These pairings will include the critical theorist Theodor Adorno and the German language poet Paul Celan, the feminist philosopher Helene Cixous and the American poet Alice Notley, the philosopher Hannah Arendt and New American poet Robin Blaser, and the novelist Marguerite Duras and Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.

Maximum Enrollment: 24

May be offered again in: 2014-15

Preparatory for studies or careers in: the arts, creative writing, poetics, literature, and publishing.

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: No Required Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
March 15th, 2011 This program will now accept new students, with signature.
February 17th, 2011 This program will not accept new enrollment.
April 22nd, 2010 New program added.