Middlebury

 

Jay Parini

D. E. Axinn Professor of English and Creative Writing

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Office Hours: Spring Term: Tuesday and Thursday 1:30 -- 3:00 or by appointment
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Books

Singing in Time. Dundee (Scotland): J.W.B. Laing, 1972.  (poems)

Theodore Roethke:  An American Romantic. Amherst, MA:  University of Massachusetts Press, 1979. (criticism)

The Love Run. Atlantic-Little, Brown, 1980. (novel)

Anthracite Country. New York: Random House, 1982. (poems)

The Patch Boys. New York: Henry Holt, 1986. (novel)

An Invitation to Poetry. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1987. (textbook)

Town Life. New York:  Henry Holt, 1988. (poems)

The Last Station. New York: Henry Holt, 1990. (novel)

Bay of Arrows. New York:  Henry Holt, 1992. (novel)

Columbia History of American Poetry, editor, with Brett Millier.  New York:  Columbia University Press, 1994.

Columbia Anthology of American Poetry (1995), editor.  New York:  Columbia University Press, 1995.

John Steinbeck:  A Biography. New York:  Henry Holt, 1995.

Gore Vidal: Writer Against the Grain, editor.  New York:  Columbia University Press, 1996. (criticism)

Benjamin's Crossing. New York:  Henry Holt, 1996. (novel)

Some Necessary Angels: Essays on Literature and Politics. New York:  Columbia University Press,, 1997. (criticism)

Beyond "The Godfather" : Italian American Writers on the Real Italian American Experience, editor, with A. Kenneth Ciongoli.  Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 1997.

House of Days. New York:  Henry Holt, 1998. (poems)

The Norton Book of American Autobiography, editor.  New York:  W.W. Norton, 1998.

Robert Frost: A Life. New York:  Henry Holt, 1999.

The Apprentice Lover. New York:  HarperCollins, 2002. (novel)

Passage to Liberty: The Story of Italian Immigration and the Rebirth of America, with A. Kenneth Ciongoli.  New York:  Random House, 1992.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature (2004) – four volumes, editor.  New York:  Oxford University Press, 2004.

World Writers in English, editor. New York:  Scribner, 2004.

One Matchless Time: A Life of William Faulkner. New York:  HarperCollins, 2004.

The Art of Teaching. New York:  Oxford University Press, 2005.

The Art of Subtraction: New and Selected Poems. New York:  Braziller, 2005.

The Wadsworth Anthology of Poetry, editor.  Boston:  Wadsworth, 2005.

Why Poetry Matters. New Haven, CT:  Yale  University Press, 2008. (criticism)

Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America. New York:  Doubleday, 2008. (criticism)

Last Steps:  Late Writings of Leo Tolstoy, editor.  London and New York:  Penguin, 2009.

 

 

Courses

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CMLT 0700 - Senior Thesis      

Senior Thesis
Approval required.

Spring 2014

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CRWR 0175 - Structure of Poetry      

The Structure of Poetry
This course is an introduction to the reading and writing of poetry with a focus on its structural aspects. We will look closely at a range of exemplary poems in English to explore how a poem is built through form, image, figurative language, and other poetic tools. Among the poets we shall read are Seamus Heaney and Elizabeth Bishop. Students will write their own poems and give oral presentations on contemporary poets. (Formerly ENAM 0175)

ART

Spring 2013

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CRWR 0375 - Advanced Poetry Workshop      

Workshop: Poetry
This course will involve the reading and writing of contemporary poetry. It is designed for students who already possess some familiarity with poetry and its traditions and who want to concentrate especially on contemporary work as an adjunct to their own development as poets. Students will read a good deal of poetry, including such writers as Elizabeth Bishop, Seamus Heaney, and Charles Simic. Assignments will include the keeping of a daily notebook, writing poems on a regular basis, and giving oral reports. Close attention will be paid to poetic form and the conventions of poetry. A final portfolio will include revisions of poems and critical writing. (ENAM/CRWR 0170, ENAM/CRWR 0175, or ENAM/CRWR 0185) (Approval required; please apply online at http://www.middlebury.edu/academics/enam/resources/forms or at the Department office.) (Formerly ENAM 0375) (This course is not a college writing course.) 3 hrs. sem.

ART

Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014

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CRWR 0560 - Special Project: Writing      

Special Project: Creative Writing
Approval Required.

Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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CRWR 0701 - Senior Thesis:Creative Writing      

Senior Thesis: Creative Writing
Discussions, workshops, tutorials for those undertaking one-term projects in the writing of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. (Formerly ENAM 0701)

Spring 2014, Spring 2015

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CRWR 0711 - Senior Thesis: Creative Writ.      

Senior Thesis: Creative Writing
Discussions, workshops, tutorials for those undertaking two-term projects in the writing of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. (Formerly ENAM 0711)

Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014

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ENAM 0175 - Structure of Poetry      

The Structure of Poetry
This course is a workshop for beginning students in the field of creative writing. Students will read a selection of poems each week and write their own poems, producing a portfolio of their work at the end of the term. There will be an emphasis on revision. Students will be introduced to a range of forms as well, including prose poems, epistles, the tanka, the long poem, and the sonnet.

ART

Fall 2010, Spring 2012

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ENAM 0312 - Modern Poetry      

Modern Poetry
This course will examine the nature and achievement of the major modern poets of Britain and America during the modern period, beginning with the origins of poetic modernism in the work of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Whitman. The central figures to be studied are William Butler Yeats, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, and W.H. Auden. The course will conclude with a look at some after-echoes of modernism in the work of Elizabeth Bishop and others. Two papers, one exam, with occasional oral presentations in class 3 hrs. lect./disc.

LIT

Fall 2010, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014

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ENAM 0316 - Poetry and Spiritual Tradition      

Poetry and the Spiritual Tradition
In this course we will examine the long and intimate connection between poetry and spirituality, looking especially at the influence of Christian thinking on such English and American poets as John Donne, George Herbert, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and T.S. Eliot. The course will begin with a study of the King James Version of the Book of Psalms, which deeply affected later British and American poetry. We will also read early Taoist and Islamic poets, including Lao Tse and Rumi. The course will conclude with a look at the work of several contemporary poets: Charles Wright, Louis Glück, and Mary Oliver.

CMP LIT PHL

Spring 2013

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ENAM 0375 - Advanced Poetry Workshop      

Workshop: Poetry
This course will involve the reading and writing of contemporary poetry. It is designed for students who already possess some familiarity with poetry and its traditions and who want to concentrate especially on contemporary work as an adjunct to their own development as poets. Students will read a good deal of poetry, including such writers as Elizabeth Bishop, Seamus Heaney, and Charles Simic. Assignments will include the keeping of a daily notebook, writing poems on a regular basis, and giving oral reports. Close attention will be paid to poetic form and the conventions of poetry. A final portfolio will include revisions of poems and critical writing. (ENAM 0170, 0175, or 0185) (Approval required; please apply at department office.) 3 hrs. lect.

ART

Spring 2010

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ENAM 0402 - The Modernist Moment      

The Modernist Moment
High Modernism can be defined as the unlikely attempt to faithfully depict the fragmentation and randomness of modernity while remaining committed to the notion that art can construct a vision of coherence and beauty that might explain, reconcile, and even heal. Does this enterprise result in a dramatic break with traditional realism, or merely refine and interiorize it? Does its fine-grained psychology mark a retreat from engagement with political issues, or mount a daring challenge to the powers that be? We will press Conrad, Joyce, Woolf, Faulkner, T. S, Eliot, and others for answers to these defining questions.

EUR LIT

Spring 2011

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ENAM 0442 - Religious Poetry      

Batter My Heart: Religious Poetry from Donne to Mary Oliver
In this seminar we will look closely at some of the major religious poets (broadly defined to include a variety of traditions) in the course of English and American poetry from the 17th century writers John Donne and George Herbert to the contemporary American poet Mary Oliver. Major figures will look at include Donne, Herbert, Wordsworth, Hopkins, Dickinson, T. S. Eliot, W.H. Auden, Charles Wright, and Mary Oliver. There will be prose selections from various poets and spiritual writers, including Emerson.

LIT PHL

Spring 2012, Spring 2014

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ENAM 0500 - Special Project: Lit      

Special Project: Literature
Approval Required.

Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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ENAM 0560 - Special Project: Writing      

Special Project: Creative Writing
(Approval Required)

Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012

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ENAM 0700 - Senior Essay: Critical Writing      

Senior Thesis: Critical Writing
Individual guidance and seminar (discussions, workshops, tutorials) for those undertaking one-term projects in literary criticism or analysis. All critical thesis writers also take the essay workshop (ENAM 700Z) in either Fall or Spring Term.

Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015

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ENAM 0701 - Senior Essay: Creative Writing      

Senior Essay: Creative Writing
Discussions, workshops, tutorials for those undertaking one-term projects in the writing of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.

Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012

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ENAM 0710 - Senior Thesis: Critical Writ.      

Senior Thesis: Critical Writing
Individual guidance and seminar (discussions, workshops, tutorials) for those undertaking two-term projects in literary criticism or analysis. All critical thesis writers also take the thesis workshop (ENAM 710z) in both Fall and Spring terms.

Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Spring 2014

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ENAM 0711 - Senior Thesis: Creative Writ.      

Senior Thesis: Creative Writing
Discussions, workshops, tutorials for those undertaking two-term projects in the writing of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.

Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012

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