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Fall 2014 English BC3997 section 002
SENIOR SEMINAR
SR SEM: JOHN DONNE & FRIENDS

Call Number 01133
Day & Time
Location
T 11:00am-12:50pm
102 SULZBERGER A
Points 4
Approvals Required Department
Instructor Achsah Guibbory
Type SEMINAR
Course Description Prerequisites: Sign up through the "SR Seminar" section of myBarnard. Enrollment limited to Barnard senior English majors. This course is devoted to one of the greatest writers of love poetry and devotional poetry, John Donne His intense, witty writing has had a long afterlife, influencing writers from George Herbert and John Suckling (in the seventeenth century) to Coleridge in the nineteenth)  to T.S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, Anthony Hecht, and A. S. Byatt (in the twentieth).  We will read Donne’s poetry (The Songs and Sonets, and Holy Sonnets and other poems)—his exploration of sex and love, death and God, doubt and faith-- but also his later Devotions, his prose meditations  on his near-fatal sickness, a text still relevant as he struggles to understand the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of illness.  We also will read “friends” of Donne—other writers who have been influenced by Donne, and whose writing is in conversation with him.  Among those we might read are:  George Herbert (along with Donne, the best seventeenth-century writer of religious lyrics),  other seventeenth-century poets taken by Donne’s erotic poetry (Suckling, Rochester, both of whom tend towards the obscene), a few poems by Elizabeth Bishop, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Hass, late twentieth-century plays Wallace Shawn (The Designated Mourner) and Margaret Edson (Wit)--plays that “stage” Donne in different ways);  A. S. Byatt’s novel Possession.   We can’t cover all these in the senior seminar, but this list gives an idea of the rich possibilities of the topic.  The course aims to get students to understand Donne’s poetry, and have a sense of how later writers have understood Donne and been in conversation with him.
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Department English @Barnard
Enrollment 10 students as of 11:30PM Monday, September 1, 2014
Subject English
Number BC3997
Section 002
Division Barnard College
Open To Barnard
Campus Barnard College
Note LOTTERY ON EBEAR 3/25-4/8; RESULTS APR 8, 7PM
Section key 20143ENGL3997X002

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