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ENG 264: Women & Literature: Nine Women Poets    Professor Altman

Through in-depth close reading of the work of nine poets, we’ll develop a sense of the range and power of women’s lyric and epic voices. Topics will include (but not be limited to) oppression and freedom, search for a tradition, childhood and motherhood, sexual self-expression, poetry and feminism. Each student will also choose an additional poet for an independent final project. The class has a discussion format and involves frequent writing, both formal and informal. The possibilities are endless, but I’ve tentatively chosen Sappho, Emily Dickinson, H.D., Anna Ahkmatova, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Adrienne Rich, and Muriel Rukeyser, who wrote: “What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?/The world would split open.”