Elisa New

 

 


 

Elisa New is the Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard University where she teaches classic American literature from Anne Bradstreet through Marilynne Robinson and from the Puritans to the present day. She is the author of The Regenerate Lyric: Theology and Innovation in American Poetry (Cambridge University Press, 1992) The Lines Eye: Poetic Experience, American Sight (Harvard University Press, 1999) Jacob's Cane: A Jewish Family's Journey from the Four Lands of Lithuania to the Ports of London and Baltimore (2009).




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Apr 8th 2016

We will consider how American Modernist poets—poets like Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, and Wallace Stevens—created, in the first half of the 20th Century, a poetic tradition that was new and different. This literature course, the sixth module in the Poetry in America series, explores a diverse array of American Modernist poets and poems. While “Modernism” is notoriously difficult to define, the movement spanned the decades from the 1910s to the mid-1940s, and the poetry of this period marked a clear break from past traditions and past forms.

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May 6th 2015

Poetry in America: The Civil War and Its Aftermath.

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Mar 18th 2015

This module, the fourth installment of the multi-part Poetry in America series, explores the work of Emily Dickinson. Although she never published during her lifetime, Dickinson ranks among the most prolific and widely-studied American poets.

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Jan 7th 2015

This module, the third installment of the multi-part Poetry in America series, focuses on the poetry of Walt Whitman, a quintessentially American writer whose work continues to bear heavily upon the American poetic tradition.

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Oct 22nd 2014

This course, the second installment of the multi-part Poetry in America series, spans the poetry of America’s early years, directly before and after the creation of the Republic.

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Sep 10th 2014

The first module of a course surveying 400 years of poetry in America, from the Puritans to the avant-garde poets of this new century.

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