This course focuses on the study of the most representative movements in contemporary American poetic production covering the period between 1950-present day within the broader context of postmodern theory. In particular, students will: •Focus on the understanding of experimental writing and the close reading of poems coming from the Beat Generation, Black Mountain Poetry, Confessional Poetry, first and second generation of the New York School of Poetry, Performance Poetry with special reference to African-American female poets, Hypertext and Electronic Poetry and so on. •Familiarize themselves with the reading of various essays written by the poets themselves and consider them within the broader context of postmodern theory •Get informed about the socio/cultural/artistic trends and the political context that influenced the formation of the writing style of each one of the poets under consideration. Course textbook and outline/bibliography are available. Assessment: Presentations, reports, final exam and/or essays.