The Prose Poem (LIT4280.01)

Phillip Williams

The prose poem challenges the very notion of genre—but what are the implications of this challenge and how does it reframe the perceived disciplinary limits of literature itself? Students will learn the history of the prose poem beginning in 19th-century France through its contemporary usage. Reading a book a week, there will be discussion about form and function, the nuance of typography, as well analyses of flash fiction and the lyrical novel as potential forms of or divergences from the prose poem. Students are required to write short weekly response papers, a prose poem based on weekly readings, and a final portfolio of critical reflections on the usage of form as discussed across several collections of prose poems and critical essays about the form itself.

Prerequisites: Must have instructor's permission to register for this class by means of submitting a sample of three prose poems and a one page reflection on your usage of the form. Submissions should be emailed to phillipwilliams@bennington.edu by May 11th. Class lists will be posted on May 16th.
Credits: 2
W 2:10pm - 6:00pm (first seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as All courses, First Seven Week, Literature, Two Credit, 4000, Wednesday Afternoons, Phillip Williams, and tagged , , .