ENGL 129
Twentieth-Century Black Poets Spring 2010
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed ENGL 129 / AFR 129
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From Langston Hughes to contemporary poets such as Amiri Baraka and Angela Jackson, African American poets have been preoccupied with the relations of poetry to other traditions. Vernacular speech, English poetry, jazz and other musical forms, folk humor and African mythology have all been seen as essential sources for black poetry. This course will survey major poets such as Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, Countee Cullen, Robert Hayden, Gwendolyn Brooks, Baraka, Jackson, and Yusef Komunyakaa, reading their poems and their essays and interviews about poetic craft. We will ask how black poetry has been defined and whether there is a single black poetic tradition or several.
The Class: Format: discussion/seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 3592
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: 20 pages of writing in the form of a journal on the readings and several short papers
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirements if registration is under AFR
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 129 Division I AFR 129 Division II

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