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Special Topics: Mouth to Mouth--A Workshop in Contemporary African American Poetry
ENGL 395
Spring 2023
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AFAM 394

This course aims to survey the work of contemporary 20th- and 21st-century African American poetry. Sparked by essays from Charles Henry Rowell and the late Amiri Baraka in conversation with each other, this class will examine arc and trajectory of African American poetics from the poetry wing of the Black Arts Movement (mid-1960s or so) to our current contemporary moment. The works in this course offer a variety of aesthetic leanings and linguistic terrains that incorporate voices that dig deep into the African American experience. It is a workshop course, designed to facilitate the production of original creative works of poetry. While the content and style of the poems generated in this course are ultimately up to the individual student, each student will be encouraged to lean into the stylistic terrain of the poets covered in the course by borrowing, stealing, or otherwise allowing themselves to be influenced and inspired by work covered in any of the texts presented in this course. This course also incorporates a critical component that will ask students to offer brief close readings and short, conference-style papers in response to some aspect of the movement or group of poets at hand. These papers are intended to stir conversations around the aesthetic, political, historical, and/or ethical issues surrounding any movement, poet, or group of poets.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: ENGL216
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

Last Updated on FEB-25-2024
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