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Memories of Past and Future: Speculative Poetry Medieval to Modern

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Speculative poetry has been defined as a genre of verse focusing on fantastic, mythological,
and science fictional themes. Often labeled “fantastic” or “slipstream,” it is distinguished from
other poetic genres and movements by its subject matter; form plays little to no part in its
classification. While many 19th-century Romantic poets used retellings of myths and folklore as
an angle for the exploration of alternative viewpoints and social issues in these accepted
narratives, poets during the Middle Ages—worldwide—frequently utilized similar approaches
and used non-traditional viewpoints (up to and including inanimate objects and sentient birds, as
seen in the anonymous Exeter Book Riddles and Farid ud-Din Attar’s Conference of Birds) to
explore their subjects. Although speculative poetry’s emergence as a genre is often cited as
having occurred during the 1960s-1970s (with the emergence of such publications as Asimov’
Science Fiction and the founding of the Science Fiction Poetry Association [SFPA] by Suzette
Haden Elgin), these themes and approaches in literature have been with us for much longer
than we think. Beginning with the genre’s influences and origins in the verse of the Middle
Ages, this course will explore how speculative poetry continues to foster self-
expression through fantastic discourse, unexpected viewpoints and exploration of realms often
requiring suspension of disbelief.

Class Details

8 Sessions
Weekly - Thu

CE South Building

A.J. Odasso 



Please read:  UNM Tuition Remission eligible, under Personal Enrichment



Registration Closes On
Thursday, September 6, 2018 @ 11:59 PM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/6/2018 - 10/25/2018 Weekly - Thu 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Albuquerque, CE South Building  Map, Room: 105 A.J. Odasso