This working group brings together students and faculty across the humanities, and particularly the language disciplines, whose research is invested in the critical study and theory of poetics. Our discussions will consider recent critical trends in poetics— including sound studies, phenomenological approaches, and historical poetics—as well as the poetic theories of movements such as Transcendentalism and Russian formalism. As a basis for these discussions, we will read major historical works of verse and statements of poetic theory, together with critical texts that analyze these works and their implications for our understanding of poetic form.  

The group meets regularly on a bimonthly basis to discuss 2–3 texts. These texts will be selected in accordance with the interests of our members. The group will also host one event per semester featuring outside speakers or critical work in progress by members of the group.