Maggie Nelson’s virtuosic body of work is splendidly difficult to categorize. It includes a study of cruelty in art and culture, a memoir about her aunt’s murder, a critical monograph on the New York School poets, a lyric meditation on the color blue, and several books of poetry.
In this seminar we’ll read as much of Nelson’s writing as a 10-week term allows, as well as interviews, reviews, and affiliated texts. Her oeuvre raises rich questions about genre, cross-pollination, intertextuality, experiment, research, and literary hybridity, and these questions will animate our work together.
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