Is It Literature?

My first meeting of Literary Theory and Practice is today at 12:30, and I'm super excited about it! I've taught the class once before, using the same basic materials, and this term I'm fleshing it out a bit more with some excerpts from primary theoretical sources. FSG also recently republished the collected poems of Elizabeth …

Gender Studies, Bishop

In 290 tomorrow, I'm going to try something a bit new--students will have read the Ryan introduction to gender studies, which has three distinct portions (not divided as such, but useful): an overview, a closer look at the patriarchal construction/rejection/suppression of the feminine, and a section on homosexual panic and compulsory heterosexuality, all the while …

Bishop, “Insomnia,” and Psychoanalysis

Today in EN290, we discussed Bishop's poem "Insomnia" from a psychoanalytic perspective. I started the class by turning to some important themes in Bishop's biography, themes which find expression quite often in her work--loss, alienation, dislocation, and so on. This allowed us to differentiate formalist from psychoanalytic methodology, while also giving us a starting place …