City Lit: Between Utopia & Dystopia, Design & Occupation
City Lit: Between Utopia & Dystopia, Design & Occupation

A seminar designed by Jennifer Scappettone and led during Winter 2017 at the University of Chicago Tumblr site: https://cityutopiadystopia.tumblr.com/ This course will explore the material repercussions of built, neglected, and mythologized environments on those who imagine and inhabit them, and the way the literary arts contribute to their shape. We will place the literature of […]

Ecopoetics: Literature and Ecology
Ecopoetics: Literature and Ecology

A seminar/workshop designed by Jennifer Scappettone, University of Chicago, Winter 2017 Tumblr blog: https://ecopoeticsuchicago.tumblr.com/ This course will explore a range of literary responses to the anthropocene period, understood as the geological age in which the prevailing economic and social paradigms of humans have conditioned changes in climate and the environment. We will read foundational texts […]

Breathing Matters: Poetics and Politics of Air
Breathing Matters: Poetics and Politics of Air

A seminar/laboratory at the University of Chicago’s Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, Winter 2016 Instructors: Jennifer Scappettone, Caroline Bergvall, Judd Morrissey Graduate Student Assistant: Ted Gordon Course tumblr page is archived at http://breathingmatters.tumblr.com/. The participants in this collaboratively led teaching laboratory will be asked to re-examine the notion of “inspiration” in its aesthetic and […]

“ADVANCED””POETRY””WRITING”
"ADVANCED""POETRY""WRITING"

A workshop designed by Jennifer Scappettone at the University of Chicago, Spring 2016 In this course, we will examine a range of formal, theoretical, and sociopolitical currents in contemporary poetry as a means of provoking and informing our own creative work. The class will provide a laboratory for new creative tactics, not simply a revision […]

Cultures of Distraction

Cultures of Distraction, a graduate seminar designed and led by Jennifer Scappettone at the University of Chicago, Spring 2014 Tumblr site: http://culturesofdistraction.tumblr.com/ This course will explore a condition of mind that is pervasive in modern culture—frequently lamented, and still little understood due to its apparent incompatibility with critical thinking: distraction. We will begin with sociological accounts of the perceived origins […]

RADICAL DOCUMENTARY

An undergraduate Arts Core course designed and taught by Jennifer Scappettone at the University of Chicago, Winter 2013 and Winter 2014 Websites associated with student projects: http://neighborhoodschools.wordpress.com/ http://uofcmelancholia.wordpress.com/ Writing Across the Genres: Radical Documentary This workshop offers students curious about writing the chance to expand their individual horizons by working with documentary forms across prose, […]

Poetics of Dislocation

a cross-listed graduate/undergraduate seminar developed and taught by Jennifer Scappettone at the University of Chicago, Winter 2010   The avant-garde revival…has found in this nationless woman [apolide] from a great tradition of cosmopolitan families, a terrain in which to explode with the deadly and marvelous fecundity of mushroom clouds in the act of their taking […]

Realism & the Abracadabrant Word

Realism and the “Abracadabrant” Word:  Literary Productions of Lower Manhattan a doctoral seminar developed and taught by Jennifer Scappettone at the University of Chicago, Fall 2007 “He doesn’t know, he can’t say, before the facts, and he doesn’t even want to know or to say; the facts themselves loom, before the understanding, in too large […]

Henry James & the Sense of the Past

  an undergraduate seminar developed and taught by Jennifer Scappettone at the University of Chicago, Spring 2010 I delight in a palpable imaginable visitable past—in the nearer distances and the clearer mysteries, the marks and signs of a world we may reach over to as by making a long arm we grasp an object at […]

Poetry Of & Off the Page

a workshop developed and taught by Jennifer Scappettone at the University of Chicago, Spring 2010 and Winter 2014 Poetry Of & Off the Page (graduate and undergraduate) Is there a place for poetry in a society in which reading has been declared dead—where at the very least, reading threatens to be replaced by scanning? In […]


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