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Poetics: Poetry, Law and the PoetiX of Justice in Forensic Landscapes

ENG 563

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The course invites us to think of borderlands where law and poetry intersect. What the law excises in its pursuit of justice, poetry cherishes as essential. Within a global context of literature we ask: how do the many and varied mother tongues of poetry that will not be silent confront the law's exorbitant capacities through which human becomes chattel and homeland wasteland? What does it mean to live in landscapes made forensic through the legacy of unlawful acts carried out under colour of law? In the poetiX of justice, X marks the place/s where crime jostles with evidence, history and memory as well as the unknown--the terrain of poetry.
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Section S01