English 166 - Spring, 2015

Love & Desire in Contemporary American Poetry

Class Information

Instructor: Ronda, Margaret
CRN: 32544
Time: MWF 12:10-1:00
Location: 106 Olson


    This course will examine the “lover’s discourse” of late twentieth- and twenty-first- century American poetry. We will consider how poems represent the various states and stages of eros through different genres, tropes, and figures. We will also explore the necessarily political and cultural valences of love, from queer intimacies to ecological interrelation to revolutionary desire. And we’ll think, as well, about how various poems portray the ends of love, what Roland Barthes calls its “last words.” Authors will include O’Hara, Ginsberg, Plath, Baraka, Lorde, Mayer, Notley, clifton, Rich, Carson, Conrad, Brolaski, Bernes, Nguyen, Nelson, and Spahr.


    Oxford Book of American Poetry, David Lehman
    Red Juice: Poems 1998-2008, Hoa Nguyen
    Bluets, Maggie Nelson
    this connection of everyone with lungs, Juliana Spahr