Comparative Literature | Special Topics in Comparative Literature: Gender, Form and Language in Lyric Poetry
C301 | 11753 | Prof. M. Segal


TR 1:00-2:15

This course will address questions of gender as they arise in the
reading, analysis and interpretation of poetry. We will examine both
poems whose relation to gender might seem obvious - love poems,
poems written by men speaking in a woman's voice and vice versa,
poems about abortion - as well as more formal aspects of poetry
whose intersection with gender issues may be less obvious - genre,
poetic language, intertextuality.
Is the sonnet an inherently feminine genre? In what ways does the
history of poetic address (often dead to women) create gendered
expectations for the speaker? What is the relationship between the
gender of the poet and modes of allusion?