Dr. Holladay 3
This course is an advanced survey covering African American poetry from the 18th century through the present. Students who have completed GENG 260 (Survey of African American Literature) will be especially well prepared for this course.
We will read and analyze works by early poets such as Phillis Wheatley and Jupiter Hammon and then progress to 19th century poets such as George Moses Horton, Frances E.W. Harper, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Much of the course will focus on prominent 20th century poets (James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, Sterling Brown, Margaret Walker, and Gwendolyn Brooks) and contemporary poets (Amiri Baraka, Toi Derricotte, Lucille Clifton, Sonia Sanchez, Rita Dove, and Major Jackson).
Throughout the semester, we will consider style as well as content, and we will look at the strong current of activism that runs through African American poetry. Reading will include the Vintage Book of African American Poetry, several critical essays, and at least one volume by an individual poet.
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