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Recuperative Poetics: Theories of Cultural Sustainability

Thursday, 09:15 AM - 10:45 AM: GWZ 2 5.16
Spring Term 2010
Christian Hawkey

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What role can poetry play in resisting mono-cultural paradigms? How can poetics (defined here as a philosophical stance + methodology located at the intersection of daydreaming, attentiveness, ambiguity, + conceptual complexity) be used + deployed to maintain cultural hybridity + diversity? The goal of this course will be to explore how poetics can expand our notions of sustainability to include cultural preservation + recuperation. We will first examine a handful of core texts on sustainability, poetics, + the construction of archives (Henry David Thoreau, David Abrams, Alfonso Lingis, Foucault, Bachelard, Haraway) + then, for the rest of the course, we'll examine both visual media (The Atlas Group, Omer Fast, Allan Kaprow) + poetry projects (M. Nourbese Philip, Juliana Spahr, Inger Christensen, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Cole Swenson) that show us how poetic utterance + structure can be deployed to claim agency in the fields of cultural preservation + recuperation. Note: this is a reading seminar, + it should be taken in conjunction with the following practice-based writing workshop: Recuperative Poetics: Writing Practices in Cultural Sustainability.

This is a pre-enrollment process. You can sign-up for the course below and will receive the 'enrolled' status to confirm your pre-registration. Admission to the (limite) seats in the course will take place after Christian Hawkey's arrival in Germany in the week of April 26.

The first session is on 29. April.


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