Anne Carson (LIT4382.01)

Sandra Simonds

This course is an in-depth study of Anne Carson, Canada’s most renowned living poet. In addition to writing poetry, Carson has written experimental essays, operas, screenplays, and translations. She has also lectured widely on ancient Greek and Latin texts. In examining the major works in Carson’s oeuvre, we will investigate how she transforms ancient texts to create vibrant contemporary poetry. We will also use affect theory and theories of the lyric to help guide our understanding of Carson’s fascination with the complexities of the erotic. Other topics for consideration will be textual hybridity, the convolutions of narrative, the evergreen nature of mythology and the trials and tribulations of translation. Readings will include Carson’s Eros the Bittersweet: An Essay, Glass, Irony and God, Autobiography of Red: A Novel in Verse, Nox and Antigonick (Sophokles). We will also read Guy Davenport’s 7 Greek Poets as well as Catullus and Sappho.

Learning Outcomes:
*Conceptualize the arc of Anne Carson’s literary trajectory.
*Develop and refine skills in close reading poetry and fiction.
*Conduct independent scholarly research to produce insightful and well-written work.
*Engage with literature through collaborative and creative activities.
*Make meaningful connections between ancient literary texts and mythology as they relate to Anne Carson’s writing.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Interested students should submit a writing sample via this form by November 24, 2023. Students will be notified of acceptance into this class by November 29, 2023.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
Click here for course meeting days/times. (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Literature