MA Creative Writing
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Anthologizing Modern and Contemporary Poetry
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||English and American Studies|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This MA Seminar will look at how poetry generations can be understood through debates and positions on poetics formulated in journals and anthologies, and what they reveal about their poetic and social moments.
We will consider:
- What’s the point of a poetry anthology/journal?
- How does any given anthology/journal represent modern and contemporary poetry?
- What values inform the choice of poets and poems?
- How is the anthology organized?
- Are an anthology or journal’s politics more important than the poems?
- Does intended audience determine the content?
- Are anthologies marketed differently to individual collections?
- How important is an editorial?
- Do anthologies/journals last?
The course will study important British anthologies of the past century. Students will give fifteen-minute presentations on each anthology under study.
Classes will consider the work of poets included, enabling us to read and respond to significant modern and contemporary poetry.
Introduce students to a range of significant modern and contemporary poets, journals and poetry anthologies.
Develop critical skills in thinking and writing about poetry.
Develop students’ ability to hone their own writing skills in a critical and scholarly context.
Develop students’ ability to offer useful feedback to other writers.
Encourage students to read and learn from selected examples of modern and contemporary poetry.
Knowledge and understanding
- Demonstrate a working knowledge and understanding of the recent history of poetry journals and anthologisation in the UK.
- Show knowledge and understanding of selected examples of contemporary writing, both creative and critical.
- Show knowledge and understanding of the anthology as a genre in its own right, with its own values, ethics and standards.
Conceive of and assemble a poetry anthology that makes a meaningful intervention into the field. Write a scholarly essay or Introduction that demonstrates understanding of both primary literary texts and secondary scholarly treatments of these texts.
Read, assimilate and organise a range of contemporary writing and scholarly responses to it.
Write a serviceable and publishable introduction for an anthology.
Essay composition, research and bibliography compilation.
Design/brand an anthology for maximum impact on publication.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Produce writing that is stylish, informed and intellectually robust.
Formulate a critical response to a variety of genres and forms.
Improve creative writing using knowledge acquired.
- - Write to engage a wide readership. - Make verbal presentations of ideas to an audience. - See a project through from conception to completion.
Introduce and compile anthology, or essay (6,000 words)
Additional one-to-one feedback (during the consultation hour or by making an appointment) (Formative)
Feedback via Turnitin for summative assessment (Summative)
[Jennifer Ashton, ‘Our Bodies, Our Poems’, in Modern Philology Vol. 105, No. 1 (August 2007) Jane Dowson, ‘Anthologies of Women’s Poetry: Canon-Breakers; Canon-Makers’, in British Poetry from the 1950s to the 1990s, eds. Day and Docherty (Palgrave Macmillan, 1997). Rachel Hadas, ‘On Poetry Anthologies’, in New England Review Vol. 19, No. 4 (Fall, 1998) Korte, Schneider, and Lethbridge (eds.), Anthologies of British Poetry: Critical Perspectives from Literary and Cultural Studies (Rodopi, 2000) Peter Middleton, ’Imagined Readerships and Poetic Innovation in UK Poetry’, in Assembling Alternatives: Reading Postmodern Poetries Transnationally, ed. Romana Huk (Wesleyan, 2003) Andrew Michael Roberts, ‘The Rhetoric of Value in Recent British Poetry Anthologies’, in Poetry and Contemporary Culture, ed. A. M. Allison and Jonathan Roberts (Edinburgh University Press, 2002) Robert Sheppard, ‘Review: Elsewhere and Everywhere: Other New (British) Poetries’, in Critical Survey, Vol. 10, No. 1, Contemporary British Male Poets (1998), pp. 17-32 Juliana Spahr and Stephanie Young, ‘Numbers Trouble’, in Chicago Review, Vol. 53, No. 2/3 (Autumn 2007)]
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|Frances Leviston||Unit coordinator|