- Course Number: ENGL 132WE
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- Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 132AA-ZZ
- Quarter: Winter 2023
An in-depth look at American literature’s two most path-breaking poets: Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. Considered canonical today, these two were outliers in their own time, unrecognized by the literary establishment and largely unknown to the public, thanks to their unwillingness to conform to literary expectations. A working-class gay man, Whitman was the country’s first urban poet as well as the first to write openly about sex. A sheltered middle-class woman of ambiguous sexuality, Dickinson evaded conventional expectations about marriage and religion to devote herself instead to the poetry of fierce interiority that fractured traditional forms and ordinary syntax.