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Coursera Modern American Poetry

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera

  • Overview
  1. Coursera
    Platform:
    Coursera
    Provider:
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Length:
    4 weeks
    Effort:
    3-5 hours a week
    Language:
    English
    Credentials:
    Paid Certificate Available
    Overview
    Twelve experienced faculty members from across the United States present their analyses of ground-breaking modern American poets in richly illustrated video lectures.

    The course highlights both major poets—from Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson through T.S. Eliot, H.D., Amy Lowell, Hart Crane, Langston Hughes, Muriel Rukeyser, and many others—and influential movements. The course mixes historical overview with close readings of individual poets and poems. Most courses give only one instructor’s point of view. This one matches the diversity of US poetry with lectures by a score of talented faculty. They bring their special perspective to the material while also presenting a coherent view of more than fifty years of US poetry.

    Throughout the course the lectures are illustrated with vivid images of the events, people, and places mentioned in the poems themselves. Readings by both the poets themselves and experienced faculty highlight the texts. On screen displays of text and quotations make it easy to follow the material. This is a course that takes advantage of the medium to bring you sights and sounds that would be difficult to incorporate in classroom lectures.

    Syllabus
    Orientation

    Module 1
    Reassessing Modernism's Origins

    Module 2
    The Difference Women Made

    Module 3
    Poetry's Social Voice

    Module 4
    Modernism's Legacies

    Taught by
    Cary Nelson

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