Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson

Course Number: ENGL 197
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
Advisory Enrollment Information: This course cannot be repeated and is limited to upper-division English majors only.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 197
Quarter: Fall 2019
Instructor: Maslan, Mark
Day(s): MW
Time: 12:30 - 1:45
Location: SH 2714

This course offers students an in-depth encounter with the two most original and
unconventional poets in the literature of the United States, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.
Considered classics today, they were far from the mainstream in their lifetimes. We will seek to
recover what was and remains surprising and groundbreaking about these two authors, from
their sexual and gender-nonconformity to their departures from conventional poetic form,
diction and subject matter. The course should particularly appeal to students interested in
poetry and/or gender and sexuality.