NTC: Poets Without Borders

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

9:30 am-12:30 pm

Srikanth Reddy, University of Chicago
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

Though we frequently think of poets as icons of their national literary traditions —Walt Whitman, for example, is often read as the 19th-Century’s self-styled  “voice of America”—few vocations have entailed more border-crossing, displacement, and exile than that of the poet.  In this course, we will study three writers who make their art out of a “transnational” movement, rather than settled forms of citizenship or native residence.  Reading the work of Elizabeth Bishop, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, and Kamau Brathwaite, we will consider some ways in which the crossing of geographical, political, or cultural borders provides a model for the imaginative work of poetry itself in our modern historical moment.

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