Beyond The Beats: New York School of Poets
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Lang College
Course Number: LNGC 1405
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Creative Writing
  • Humanities
The generation of writers and artists to emerge in the wake of the Beat Generation in New York City is usually referred to as the New York School. The New York school is most often associated with well known and celebrated figures such as poets Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, Bernadette Mayer, Alice Notley and Tedd Berrigan. But what do these writers have in common beyond sharing the geography of New York City in their formative years? This course will examine the construction of the New York School as a literary category in the mid twentieth century and explore its ongoing impact on contemporary writing in New York. In addition to reading the writings of several New York School poets and listening and viewing visual and acoustic works by some of the artists and musicians with whom they collaborated, students will explore first-hand how some of New York’s downtown neighborhoods shaped the work in question. As one of the required assignments, students will have the option of submitting a piece of creative writing.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


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