Monday, January 30, 2017

SP17 IMF52706 Asian Poetry - Anothai Kaewkaen

Online Class
IMF 52706 Sel Emph P: Asian Poetry

Instructor: Anothai Kaewkaen

Class Type: Literature + Workshop

Course Description:
Moon in the Eastern Chamber: Survey & Workshop of Asian Poetries
Since the turn of the last century, movements in American poetry have often looked East for inspiration. Pound developed his Imagist aesthetic through working with classical Chinese poems; his translations had an influence on American free verse for decades to come. Elliot referenced Sanskrit hymns in The Wasteland, and Merwyn’s poetry continues to be informed by Eastern authors.

In this course, we will survey works from three classical Asian traditions—Chinese, Japanese, and Thai—to understand the cultural contexts they come from, their concerns and conventions, their structures and symbolism. We’ll also read contemporary English-language poetry that engages these traditions and workshop pieces modeled on their aesthetics as well.

Because our readings will be in translation, we will also engage with the art of literary translation, becoming conscious of the types of decisions that go into translating a poem, becoming critical readers of alternate translations, and working out of trots to create translations of poems ourselves. Writers of lyric essays and flash nonfiction will also find kindred spirits in the writers of haibun and pillow books even as they explore the verse-forms in this class.

First Assignment Info is available HERE.

Textbook info for SP QTR 17 is available HERE (textbook info is also available in the student portal registration function and LU's bookstore website)

Start DateMonday, April 10

Class Preview Date: March 27 (do not post in class until start date of 4/10; available early for review purposes only--email Beth to drop/add classes after open enrollment ends on 4/3)

Canvas Login & Navigation Instructions

NOTE: If you decide to drop the class, email Beth at and note whether or not you have posted on Canvas (which counts as attendance). Tuition refund/charges (based on attendance and the date the drop form is processed) are listed HERE.

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