Course Title: CWRT 3600:01: Special Topics: The Lyric Essay
Course Time: Mondays 2:00-5:40 p.m.
Course Location: Benildus 214
Questions can be sent to julia.goldberg [at] santafeuniversity.edu
In 1997, Seneca Review surveyed a growing body of work it deemed “poetic essays” or “essayistic poems,” noting that such hybrids “give primacy to artfulness over the conveying of information. They forsake narrative line, discursive logic, and the art of persuasion in favor of idiosyncratic meditation.” And the Lyric Essay was born. Or was it? Since then, the Lyric Essay has continued to defy simple categorization or labeling, and has lent itself to a still-evolving critical discourse regarding form, lyricism and intent. In this course, students will critically explore a myriad of works by practitioners working from all angles in the Lyric Essay subgenre, and consider the ways in which these works conform to, expand and push the boundaries of various established and emergent techniques, including but not limited to the prose poem, hermit crab essay, collage work, and the braided essay. Students also will create and workshop their own Lyric Essays, experimenting with a variety of forms. Readings may include work by Eula Bliss, David Shields, John D’Agata, Jenny Boully, Lia Purpura, Anne Carson and more.