Friday, February 12, 2010

Introduction to 20th Century Poetic Manifestos Press

So, I'm trying to design a (hypothetical) course on 20th Century Poetic Manifestos. I have never designed an undergraduate course before. So basically, I don't know what I'm doing. Sweet. This is what I have so far in terms of manifestos. Please let me know if you can think of 1) manifestos not by dead white men, 2) manifestos that are important, which I've forgotten, 3) more recent manifestos (80s, 90s?)

Also, what are some questions you'd want the students to thinking about as they read the manifestos:

1) Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, “The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism,” (1909)
2) Tristan Tzara, “Dada Manifesto”
3) Ezra Pound, “A Few Don’ts by an Imagiste” (1913)
4) Mina Loy, “Feminist Manifesto” (1914)
5) William Carlos Williams, Spring and All, 1923
6) Langston Hughes, “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain” 1926
7) Gertrude Stein, How to Write, 1931
8) Antonin Artaud et al, “Declaration of January 27, 1925,” and “The Theater of Cruelty: First Manifesto” (1932)
9) Clement Greenberg, “Avant-Garde and Kitsche” 1939
10)Charles Olson, “Projective Verse” 1950
11) Frank O’Hara, “Personism: A Manifesto”
12) Jack Spicer, “Vancouver Lecture 1,” Vancouver Lecture 2” 1965
13) Larry Neal, “The Black Arts Movement” 1968
14)Lyn Hejinian, “If Writing is Writing” 1978
15) Charles Bernstein, “The Conspiracy of ‘Us’” 1979
16) Arielle Greenberg, “On the Gurlesque” 2002 (not really a manifesto, but still)
17) Anne Boyer, “The Provisional Avant Garde” 2009


Arielle said...

So thrilled to be on this list of cool folks! Thanks!


Brennen Wysong said...

Howsa bout dis?