ALL727 - Sex, the Body, and American Poetry


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 2 hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 1 x 2-hour seminar equivalent


This unit will introduce students to how poets have navigated and transformed cultural understandings surrounding sex, gender, and the body. Focusing on writing from the United States, students will consider how the poetic has been mobilised in different historical periods to explore aspects of desire, intimacy, subjectivity, and intersectionality. Students will be familiarised with a range of forms, techniques, and literary movements (such as transcendentalism, modernism, Confessional, the Beats, and New York School). Through critical and creative approaches, students will also gain insights into aspects of voice, agency, and audience. Writers studied may include Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath, Frank O'Hara, Allen Ginsberg, Audre Lorde, Joy Harjo, and Maggie Nelson. 

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