In this course, we will explore the oeuvre of one of the most eminent American poets: we will closely analyze individual poems and letters, and discuss various topics such as poetics, gender, nature, or death. We will also consider aspects of biography, historical context, editorial history, and the critical reception of her work. Apart from reading the primary texts, there will be numerous reading assignments of critical works and other material.
Most texts will be made available online or in class.
Course requirements: readings, active participation, oral and written assignments, abstract of paper project, graded research paper (10-12 pages)