Contemporary African American Poetry and Its Pasts|
Spring 2017 not offered
In this course, students will engage African American poetry after 1960. Next to gaining a thorough understanding of the currents of literary history from the Civil Rights Movement through the age of Obama, students will gain an appreciation of what traditions contemporary poets engage. By using the Angels of Ascent anthology as the primary text for the course, students will be able to gain a comprehensive overview of the rich literary moment of which they are a part. At the same time, students will explore the meaning of the anthology itself as a mechanism of canon-making. How does being part of a canon affect the possibilities in one's literary production?
By engaging the traditions upon which contemporary African American poets build their own poetics, students will gain a deeper understanding of the poetry itself. In addition, students will read critical works by the poets we read, allowing them to gain insight into their creative processes. Next to developing their critical voices through analytical papers, students will have a chance to develop their own poetics through a semester-long poetry collection assignment.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)
There will be a number of selected readings in addition to the following primary works:
ANGELS OF ASCENT: A NORTON ANTHOLOGY OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN AMERICAN POETRY
Erica Hunt, ARCADE, "NOTES ON AN OPPOSITIONAL POETICS"
Bettina Judd, PATIENT
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three 4-page analytical papers, designed to engage students in the analysis and criticism of poetry.
Bi-weekly journal assignments designed to have students critically reflect on their journey through our readings and their own poetic endeavors.
Semester long poetry assignment (one poem every week) that will culminate in an end-of-semester poetry collection.
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