Ocean Vuong will be the Stein Visiting Writer this upcoming Winter quarter. His course is entitled, "English 190V: A Myriad Consciousness: the hybrid, its traditions, innovations and radical possibilities".
In this class, we will examine possibilities in textual and formal hybridity, paying close attention to how this nascent yet rich lineage of writing blurs, disrupts, and alters the boundaries of genres. What happens when a piece of writing challenges the preconceived parameters of its genre, rendering itself elusive, amorphous, and yet still insisting on its value as a means of intellectual and emotional discovery? What use are genre labels, and can these terms be modified alongside the development of inter-genre writing? How does a poet's own "hybridity" in identity relate to her intersection in formal enactments? We will read both the trailblazers and newcomers to the form, as well as try our own hand at creating a hybrid text that surprises, challenges, and confronts our own notions of what a "poem" should or should not be, and how those notions can change. The goal, in the end, is to expand and enlarge our sense of self and the potentialities within our craft through careful reading, compositional imitation, and rigorous discussion.
English 190V: A Myriad Consciousness: the hybrid, its traditions, innovations and radical possibilities
Instructor: Ocean Vuong