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AFR 129
Twentieth-Century Black Poets Fall 2020
Division II
Cross-listed ENGL 129 / AFR 129

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From Langston Hughes to contemporary poets such as Angela Jackson and Claudia Rankine, 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, Amiri 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: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 14
Class#: 2269
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: several short papers, a 15-page final paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students who have not taken or placed out of a 100-level ENGL course
Distributions: Division II
Notes: 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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