Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials Seminar. 2 hours per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 5,000 word essay  Essay: 
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements. Where this involves re-submission of work, a new topic must be selected. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module, students should be able to:

1. demonstrate an understanding of a range of postmodern poetic practices;

2. explain some of the relationships and connections between them;

3. explain some of the key distinctions between British and American versions of postmodern poetic practice.


This module is intended to explore the varieties of linguistic experimentation within contemporary poetics and poetry in both North America and the United Kingdom. Since the advent of the postmodern poetics of Charles Olson in the 1950s, a whole range of alternative poetic practices set in opposition to orthodox poetries has developed, embracing sound poetries, concrete poetries, 'language' poetries, ethnic poetries, feminist poetries.

_1. A Poststructuralist/Postmodern Poetics?

Essays by Eric Mottram, Charles Bernstine, Peter Middleton, Steve McCaffrey

_2. L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Poetry and the New York Scene

Paul Hoover (ed), Postmodern American Poetry (1994); The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book, (eds.) Andrews and Bernstein

_3. The Bay Area and Linguistic Expermentation

Paul Hoover (ed) Postmodern American Poetry, (1994); The L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E Book, (eds.) Andrews and Bernstein

_4. Radical Poetries in Britain I: A Class Apart

Tony Harrison, V; Allen Fisher, The Place project

_5. Radical Poetries in Britain II: Dissonant Voices

Iain Sinclair (ed), Conductors of Chaos (1996)

_Set Texts

The module wil work from the following core texts:

Iain Sinclair (ed), "Conductors of Chaos" (1996);
Paul Hoover (ed) "Postmodern American Poetry" (1994).

Owing to the difficulty in purchasing material from small presses which is now out-of-print, these texts will be supplemented by a brochure of selected extracts.


This module is at CQFW Level 7