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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2010

E 320M • Repetition In The Arts-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34645 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
PAr 204

Course Description

In this course, we will use as "home base" an issue that literature shares with other arts, namely repetition, and a literary genre, poetry, in which repetition is pervasive and formative at all “levels” (alliteration and rhyme are repetitions of phonemes, meter is repetition of stress patterns, refrains and certain received forms such as the villanelle are repeated lines, etc.). Such a grounding should prepare us to consider other literary genres, in which repetition is also present, if less obvious. Our observing repetition's uses and effects in literature should illuminate and be illuminated by our observing its uses and effects in the work of such visual artists as Louise Nevelson, Richard Notkin, and Agnes Martin, such musicians as Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, John Coltrane, and Keith Jarrett, and practitioners of other arts.

Grading Policy

50% short daily reflections on assigned readings (14-20 pp. total); 50% research paper (20% 6-8-page draft, 30% 8-12-page final version of same paper); attendance will be mandatory, and excessive absence will count against the final grade.

In addition, students will be asked to "read" works in other media besides print (i.e. to watch movies, listen to songs, look at paintings, etc.).


Wallace Stevens, Collected Poems; Elizabeth Bishop, Complete Poems; David Markson, Wittgenstein's Mistress; David Markson, The Last Novel; C. D. Wright, Deepstep Come Shining


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