ALL727 - Sex, the Body, and American Poetry


2020 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

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

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour class per week (recording provided), 3 x 3-hour scheduled seminar in weeks 3, 6, and 9

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Online and independent collaborative learning activities including 1 x 1-hour class per week (recording provided) and 1 x 2-hour online 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 will 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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