Instructor: Carlson                    T                   5:00pm-7:50pm

For the New Critics of the last century, poetry was the test case for interpretive theory. With a far larger array of critical approaches available now, what are some ways that our reading of poetryhas changed? What are the best tools for working with poetic texts? In what ways is poetry, in particular, culturally embedded? How have evolutions in poetry’s audience and media changed what poetry is and can do? What do sustained critical readings of poetry look like now? What literary and cultural paradigms can we see being tested in poetry? What is poetry and how do you know a poem when you see one? The goal of the course is to explore what it means to acquire poetic literacy at the present time.