ENGL 6330/7330 | Major American Writers: Wallace Stevens

Spring 2016 | Day: Thursday | Room: PH 301 | Time: 600-900 pm

Syllabus (in PDF)

 About David Lavery  Texts  Power Points  Quick Links:  Stevens Seminarians (1994-2016)  Websites and Links  Stevens Photos  Wallace Stevens Wiki  Stevens Bibliography  Stevens Book Covers  A Wallace Stevens Timeline  Images from Stevens World  Benjamin Lee Whorf  Charles Ives

Dr. David Lavery is Director of Graduate Studies and Professor in the English Department at Middle Tennessee State University (1993- ). The recipient of the University's 2006 Distinguished Research Award, he is the author of over one hundred and fifty published essays, chapters, and reviews and the author / co-author / editor / co-editor of twenty-one books, including Joss Whedon, A Creative Portrait: From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to The Avengers, TV Goes to Hell: An Unofficial Road Map of Supernatural, The Essential Cult Television Reader, and The Essential Sopranos Reader. The co-convener of international conferences on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the work of Joss Whedon and The Sopranos; co-founder of the Whedon Studies Association and its journal Slayage and founding editor of Critical Studies in Television, he has lectured around the world on the subject of television (Australia, Turkey, the UK, Portugal, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany), been a guest/source for the BBC, NPR, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The New York Times, A Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil), Publica (Portugal), Information (Netherlands), AP, The Toronto Star, USA Today, and from 2006-2008 taught film and television at Brunel University in London. He is currently working on two books: Genius at Work: Wallace Stevens, Charles Ives, Benjamin Lee Whorf and the Imagination of insurance and ". . . and imagination can see them again": Four Exercises in Barfieldian Poetics. 

Office: PH 316 | Office Hours: M: 100-400 pm | T 900-1100; 230-400 pm | W: 900-1100; 100-300 | Th: 900-1100; 230-400 pm | E-mail: david.lavery@mtsu.edu | Office Phone/Voice-Mail: 615 898 5648 | Home Page: http://davidlavery.net


Required Texts

Click on the cover image to go to the Amazon page or order online from any other seller.   Available as an Electronic Resource on the Walker Library Website (click on the cover).

For Stevens: Collected Poetry and Prose and Lehman's Oxford Book of American Poetry, click on the cover images to go to the book's Amazon page or order online from any other seller. A Reader's Guide to Wallace Stevens is available as an electronic resource on the Walker Library Website (click on the cover to access). Students will also be given a Wallace Stevens Resource DVD (containing over a gigabyte of texts).

Additional Texts

Bishop | Crane | Dickinson | Eliot | Frost | Hughes | Lowell | Moore | Plath | Pound | Stevens | Whitman | Williams | Voices & Visions Home


Power Points

 Weeks: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 |  8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14   Various: Syllabus | American Life and Casualty | Benjamin Lee Whorf | Charles Ives | Stevens' Hartford | Stevens Letters  Poets: Whitman and Dickinson | Frost | Williams | Pound and Eliot  | Jeffers and Moore | cummings and Crane | Hughes and Warren | Auden and Rukeyser | Bishop and Nemerov | Lowell and O'Hara | Wilbur and Ammons | Snyder and Plath | Oliver and Collins |  School/Concepts: The Beat Movement | The French Symbolists | Geneva School | The New Critics | The New York School of Poets | Reflections on Poetry  PhilosophersWilliam James | Plato | Rene Descartes | George Berkeley | Søren Kierkegaard  | David Hume & Immanuel Kant  | Friedrich Nietzsche | Henri Bergson | George Santayana |  Ludwig WittgensteinMaurice Merleau-Ponty  Painters:  Paul Cezanne | Pablo Picasso  | Claude Monet | Claude Debussy  | Vincent Van Gogh  | Georges Seurat  | Henri Matisse  | Edward Hopper  | Paul Klee  | Raoul Dufy  | Marc Chagall  | Joan Miro  | Chaim Soutine  | Rene Magritte  Composers: Ludwig van Beethoven | Gustav Mahler | Jean Sibelius |  Erik Satie | Arnold Schoenberg Charles Ives  | Béla Bartók  | Maurice Ravel  | Igor Stravinsky  | George Gershwin  | Martin Heidegger  | Aaron Copland  | Samuel Barber