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Week
1

Week 1

7 hours to complete

chapter 1.1 (week 1)—Whitman & Dickinson, two proto-modernists

7 hours to complete
14 videos (Total 257 min), 11 readings, 2 quizzes
14 videos
watch video on Emily Dickinson's "I dwell in Possibility"23m
watch video on Dickinson's "Tell all the truth but tell it slant"15m
watch further discussion on "Tell all the truth"10m
watch video on Emily Dickinson's "The Brain within its Groove" (part 1)15m
watch video on Emily Dickinson's "The Brain within its Groove" (part 2)13m
watch the CANON CHALLENGE for week 18m
watch video on Walt Whitman's "Song of Myself" (part 1)24m
watch video on Walt Whitman's “Song of Myself” (part 2)21m
watch video on canto 47 of "Song of Myself"21m
watch discussion of Divya Victor's "W is for Walt Whitman's Soul"28m
(alt.) watch abridged video on Victor's "W is for Walt..."18m
watch Divya Victor discuss "W is for Walt Whitman's Soul"33m
watch video discussion of the Whitmanian and Dickinsonian modes18m
11 readings
listen to an optional further introduction to week 1: audio & transcript15m
read Emily Dickinson's “I dwell in Possibility”2m
listen to Al Filreis recite "I dwell in Possibility"1m
read Dickinson's "Tell all the truth but tell it slant"2m
read Dickinson's "The Brain within its Groove"2m
(optional) watch condensed video on Dickinson's "Brain within its Groove"10m
read sections 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 14, 47 & 52 of Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”20m
listen to recordings of “Song of Myself”20m
read Al Filreis on canto 8 of "Song of Myself"10m
read Divya Victor's "W is for Walt Whitman's Soul10m
watch or listen to Divya Victor read "W is for Walt Whitman's Soul"10m
2 practice exercises
on "Possibility" in Emily Dickinson's "I dwell in Possibility"30m
on the dash in Emily Dickinson’s “I dwell in Possibility”30m
Week
2

Week 2

5 hours to complete

chapter 1.2 (week 2)—Whitmanians & Dickinsonians

5 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 142 min), 22 readings, 2 quizzes
11 videos
watch video on William Carlos Williams’s “Smell!”15m
watch video on William Carlos Williams's "Danse Russe"19m
watch video on Allen Ginsberg's "A Supermarket in California"15m
watch video on Lorine Niedecker's "Grandfather Advised Me"13m
watch video on Lorine Niedecker's "You are my friend"12m
watch video on Lorine Niedecker's "Foreclosure"8m
watch the CANON CHALLENGE for week 23m
watch video on Cid Corman's "It isnt for want"14m
watch video on Rae Armantrout's "The Way"21m
watch video on distinctions between “Dickinsonian” and “Whitmanian” proto-modernism11m
22 readings
listen to an optional further introduction to week 2: audio & transcript11m
read William Carlos Williams’s “Smell!”2m
listen to Williams perform “Smell!”1m
read/listen to "Smell!" in text-audio alignment1m
read Williams's "Danse Russe"2m
listen to Williams perform "Danse Russe"1m
read/listen to “Danse Russe” in text-audio alignment1m
read Allen Ginsberg's “A Supermarket in California”5m
listen to Ginsberg perform “A Supermarket in California”2m
read/listen to Ginsberg's “A Supermarket in California” as text-audio alignment2m
read Lorine Niedecker's “Grandfather advised me”2m
read Lorine Niedecker's “You are my friend”2m
read Lorine Niedecker's “Foreclosure”2m
listen to Lorine Niedecker perform “Foreclosure”1m
listen to a 30-minute discussion of “Foreclosure” (& another short poem)30m
read Cid Corman's "It isnt for want"2m
listen to Cid Corman perform “It isnt for want”1m
read Rae Armantrout's “The Way”2m
listen to Rae Armantrout perform “The Way”1m
listen to Rae Armantrout talk briefly about “The Way”5m
listen to PoemTalk discussion of “The Way”30m
essay assignment #110m
2 practice exercises
on Niedecker's "Grandfather advised me"30m
on Corman's "It isnt for want"30m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

chapter 2.1 (week 3)—the rise of poetic modernism: imagism

4 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 114 min), 12 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
watch video on H.D.'s "Sea Rose"21m
watch video on Ezra Pound's "In a Station of the Metro"11m
watch video on Ezra Pound's "The Encounter"13m
watch further discussion on "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird"9m
watch a discussion of Tonya Foster's haiku (with the poet)26m
watch a PoemTalk discussion of Tonya Foster's haiku23m
watch the CANON CHALLENGE for week 32m
12 readings
listen to an optional further introduction to week 3: audio & transcript25m
imagism briefly defined5m
read H.D.'s "Sea Rose"5m
read Ezra Pound's "In a Station of the Metro"2m
read Pound's "In a Station of the Metro" as it appeared in Poetry magazine2m
read a selection of critical commentary on "In a Station of the Metro"10m
watch brief further discussion of Pound's "In a Station of the Metro"2m
read Ezra Pound's "The Encounter"5m
read Wallace Stevens's "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird"5m
listen to a discussion of Stevens's "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird"28m
read haiku from Tonya Foster's "A Swarm of Bees in High Court"10m
essay #1: write reviews of others' essays10m
1 practice exercise
on "In a Station of the Metro"1m
4 hours to complete

chapter 2.2 (week 3 cont.)—the rise of poetic modernism: Williams

4 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 90 min), 21 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
watch video on Williams's "Between Walls"9m
watch video on Williams’s “This Is Just to Say”12m
watch video on Williams's "The Red Wheelbarrow"12m
watch video discussion on Duchamp’s “Fountain”23m
watch video on Williams's "Portrait of a Lady"10m
watch video on Marcel Duchamp's "Nude Descending a Staircase"11m
21 readings
read William Carlos Williams's "Lines"2m
read William Carlos Williams's "Between Walls"5m
listen to Williams reading "Between Walls"1m
read/listen with text-audio alignment to Williams's "Between Walls"1m
listen to PoemTalk discussion of "Between Walls"30m
read William Carlos Williams's "This Is Just to Say"5m
read Flossie Williams's reply to "This Is Just to Say"5m
listen to William Carlos Williams's explanation of “This Is Just to Say”2m
listen to five recordings of Williams reading "This Is Just to Say"5m
listen to five recordings of Williams reading “This Is Just to Say” as text-audio alignment5m
read William Carlos Williams's "The Red Wheelbarrow"5m
listen to four recordings of Williams reading “The Red Wheelbarrow”3m
listen to four recordings of Williams performing “The Red Wheelbarrow” as text-audio alignment3m
watch further discussion of Williams’s “The Red Wheelbarrow”6m
look at a photograph of Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain” at the Philadephia Museum of Art5m
watch a museum-goer’s video of Duchamp’s “Fountain” on display at SFMoMA1m
read William Carlos Williams's, “The rose is obsolete”5m
listen to a 6-minute close reading of “The rose is obsolete”6m
read William Carlos Williams's, "Portrait of a Lady"5m
listen to 3 recordings of Williams performing “Portrait of a Lady”5m
look at Marcel Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase”5m
1 practice exercise
on Williams's "Between Walls"30m
Week
4

Week 4

5 hours to complete

chapter 2.3 (week 4)—the rise of poetic modernism: Stein

5 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 116 min), 27 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
watch video on Stein's "A Long Dress"11m
watch further discussion on "A Long Dress"5m
watch video on Stein's "A Carafe, That Is a Blind Glass"18m
watch video on "Water Raining" and "Malachite"17m
watch video on Stein's ideas about narrative, composition, repeating & nouns22m
watch video on Stein's "Let Us Describe"11m
watch video on Stein's "If I Told Him"20m
watch the CANON CHALLENGE for week 43m
27 readings
listen to an optional further introduction to week 4: audio & transcript17m
read Stein's "A Long Dress" from Tender Buttons5m
read Marjorie Perloff's comment on Stein and in particular on "A Carafe, That Is a Blind Glass"10m
read Gertrude Stein, "A Carafe, That Is a Blind Glass," from the "Objects" section of Tender Buttons5m
watch video of Laynie Browne discussing "A Carafe" and the "Objects" section of Tender Buttons6m
listen to Jackson Mac Low's 1978 performance of Stein's "A Carafe, That Is a Blind Glass"3m
listen to Jackson Mac Low's close reading of "A Carafe, That Is a Blind Glass"1m
watch video on Stein’s phrase “not unordered in not resembling”2m
read Stein's "Water Raining" and "Malachite" from Tender Buttons10m
watch Bob Perelman on Stein's use of the continuous present tense1m
watch Ron Silliman on how each Stein poem creates its own definition of reading1m
watch discussion of the pleasure to be gotten from Stein's “linguistic-ness”4m
read Stein on narrative5m
read Stein on the noun5m
read Stein on repetition5m
read Stein on composition5m
listen to Joan Retallack reading some propositions from Stein’s “Composition as Explanation”4m
condensed version of video on Stein's ideas about narrative, composition & nouns [alternative]10m
watch further discussion on the noun & loving repeating6m
read Gertrude Stein's "Let Us Describe"5m
read Stein’s “If I Told Him: A Completed Portrait of Picasso”5m
listen to Stein perform “If I Told Him”4m
read/listen with text-audio alignment of Stein's "If I Told Him"4m
watch a dance choreographed to Stein's “If I Told Him”2m
read Ulla Dydo's prefatory comment on "If I Told Him"2m
listen to Marjorie Perloff speaking about Stein’s portraits2m
essay assignment #210m
1 practice exercise
on "A Carafe, That Is a Blind Glass"30m
2 hours to complete

chapter 2.4 (week 4 cont.)—the rise of poetic modernism: modernist edges

2 hours to complete
3 videos (Total 38 min), 11 readings, 1 quiz
3 videos
watch video on Tristan Tzara's "To Make a Dadaist Poem"14m
watch video on Bishop's "A Recollection" and the sonnet in modernism8m
11 readings
read Baroness Elsa von Freytag Loringhoven’s “A Dozen Cocktails—Please”5m
explore the archived manuscript of "A Dozen Cocktails—Please"10m
read Williams on the Baroness10m
listen to a brief bio of the Baroness2m
listen to a passage from Kenneth Rexroth’s account of the Baroness3m
read Tristan Tzara’s “To Make a Dadaist Poem”5m
re-read Tzara’s “To Make a Dadaist Poem” in an introduction to "chance operations"5m
watch a film-illustration of “To Make a Dadaist Poem”2m
read about the sonnet as a form7m
read William Carlos Williams on the sonnet2m
read John Peale Bishop, "A Recollection"5m
1 practice exercise
on Tzara's "To Make a Dadaist Poem"30m

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