How might we map the evolution of African American poetry in the 20th century? Both formally and thematically, can we identify and analyze patterns, transformations, and differences to better understand African American poetry and its monumental growth over the course of the 20th century? As an integral and expansive realm within American poetry, influencing and influenced by American poetics as a whole, in what ways are the thematic concerns and craft techniques found in African American poetry different from 'American' poetry (if at all)? This discussion-based class will analyze and map African American 20th century poetic trajectories (literary legacies, inheritances, and "genealogies") with the goals of 1) developing a language for the evolution of a major field of American poetry in the 20th century, 2) questioning and broadening the 20th century American canon, and 3) crafting new, more precise questions that examine black poetic identity in the past century.
Course Attributes: EN HFYSBU HumAS HUMFA HUMAR HUM
Section 01First-Year Seminar: Black Constellations: Mapping Trajectories in 20th Century Black Poetics
INSTRUCTOR: ColemanView Course Listing