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OULIPO, noulipo, Conceptual, flarf, post-flarf: the transformation of poetry and prose through deploying strategies of method, structure, content, intention and chance/change is a given now. In utilizing strategy in our own work, don’t we wonder how great a part control (or the absence of it) should play? How far back should writers stand from their works, making way for the (perhaps) foreign agent of “strategy”? What benefits accrue to the work? What do writers gain — or lose? We’ll look at and discuss Stéphane Mallarmé’s Un coup de dés jamais n’abolira le hasard (A throw of the dice will never abolish chance), selections from the anthologies OULIPO: A Primer of Potential Literature, The Consequence of Innovation: 21st Century Poetics, I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women, and Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, and other related documents. Three written assignments, to be discussed during class time, will be based on model texts from those works.
Sharon Mesmer, Instructor
Four sessions (July 19 & 26, August 2 & 9 – Fridays, 7 p.m – 9 p.m. CST)
Classes run 4 weeks and meet once a week in 2 hour sessions.
This class meets online. After registering you will receive an email with instructions on how to log into the virtual classroom.