ENGL479K - Selected Topics in English and American Literature after 1800; The Lyric Essay: A Form for the New(ish) Millennium?

The lyric essay combines elements of poetry, journalism, memoir, critical inquiry, and sometimes even fiction. Recent texts like Claudia Rankine’s Citizen and Maggie Nelson’s Bluets have found devoted readers. What makes it such a captivating form for contemporary writers to explore their interior/exterior world(s)? To answer this we will read a host of lyric essay practitioners, including Kazim Ali, Lily Hoang, Carmen Giménez Smith, Eula Biss, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Carol Ann Davis, and others. Students will write a midterm critical paper, give a short presentation, and fashion a lyric essay of their own as they engage a vibrant, necessary creative oeuvre that has come into its own in our new(ish) millennium.


Major Requirements Met:

·         Pre-2018 Green Sheet Major: Meets Upper Level Elective

·         2018 Forward Major with Tracks: Meets Literary and Cultural Studies Track- Form, Genre, Poetics

·         English Education Major: Meets 400-level elective

·         Creative Writing Minor: Meets requirement for one course in Literature