ENGL 219 B1: Textualities: Narrative Theory and Poetics

S. Krotz

This course introduces students to the study of form and technique in poetry and prose. Half of our time will be devoted to exploring poetic form and structure, the other half to prose narrative and narratology. What is poetry and how does it work? Where do poetic forms come from and how have poets adapted and experimented with them? How does narrative form influence our interpretation of events? What human concerns are worked out in narrative and why? Guided by The Cambridge Introduction to Narrative and Mark Strand and Eavan Boland's anthology, The Making of a Poem, we will explore these questions through a selection of poetry and short fiction and the Canadian writer Dionne Brand's novel What We All Long For.