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Herman Beavers

Graduate and Undergraduate Chair, Department of Africana Studies

3401 Walnut Street 326 A
215 898-4965

Office Hours

fall 2015

Tuesday, 1:30-4; Wednesday, 2-4:30 and Thursday by appointment only

Herman Beavers has taught at Penn since 1989.  Professor Beavers has a joint appointment in the Department of Africana Studies and teaches courses in African American and American literature, including courses on Southern Modernism, 20th Century African American Poetry, as well as  "Trading Fours:  The Literatures of Jazz," which is a requisite course in the Jazz and Popular Music minor.  He also teaches a section of the introductory poetry workshop in the Creative Writing Program.  During the 2009-10 academic year, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University.  His most recent poems have appeared (or are about to appear) in MELUS, The Langston Hughes Colloquy, Versadelphia, Cleaver Magazine, and The American Arts Quarterly.  He has recently published essays on  August Wilson, Charles Johnson, Ralph Ellison, and Toni Morrison.   He also serves as an advisory editor at African American Review, Modern Fiction Studies, and The Black Scholar.  

Courses Taught

spring 2016

ENGL 113.301 Poetry Workshop  

fall 2015

spring 2015

fall 2014

spring 2014

ENGL 113.401 Poetry Workshop  

fall 2013

summer 2013

spring 2013

fall 2012

spring 2012

ENGL 570.401 African-American Literature  

fall 2011

ENGL 113.401 Poetry Writing Workshop  

spring 2011

ENGL 080.401 Literatures of Jazz  
ENGL 570.401 Ellison and Morrison  

fall 2010

spring 2009

ENGL 113.401 Poetry Writing Workshop  

fall 2008

ENGL 081.401 African-American Literature  

spring 2008

ENGL 600.401 Africana Studies Proseminar  

fall 2007

spring 2007

ENGL 113.401 Poetry Workshop  

fall 2005

spring 2005

ENGL 080.401 The Literatures of Jazz  

fall 2004

ENGL 113.301 Poetry Writing Workshop  
ENGL 199.304 African American Authors  

fall 2003

ENGL 081.401 African American Literature  
ENGL 113.302 Poetry Writing Workshop  
ENGL 199.305 Independent Study  
ENGL 199.601 Independent Study  

spring 2003

fall 2002

fall 2001

ENGL 299.302 Independent Study  

summer 2001

ENGL 099.301 Independent Study  

spring 2001

fall 2000

ENGL 103.401 The Short Story  
ENGL 570.401 Afro-American Autobiography  

spring 2000

ENGL 288.401 Topics in American Poetry  

fall 1999

ENGL 081.401 African-American Literature  
ENGL 299.007 Independent Study  
ENGL 770.401 Afro-American Literature  

spring 1999

fall 1998

ENGL 016.302 Topics in Literature  
ENGL 299.306 Independent Study  

spring 1997

ENGL 199.310 Independent Study  
ENGL 299.346 Independent Study  
ENGL 569.401 Literature of Jazz  

fall 1996

ENGL 089.401 American Fiction  

spring 1996

ENGL 299.301 Independent Study  
ENGL 299.312 A Poet Ai-Society  
ENGL 299.321 Southern Literature  

fall 1995

spring 1995

ENGL 299.326 Independent Study  
ENGL 299.328 Black Art Movement  

fall 1994

Doctoral Dissertation Advisees


Brandon T. Woods "Dangerous Accumulations: Representing Black Rage in the Protest Era, 1936-1945"


Nicole L. Brittingham Furlonge "On the Lower Frequences: Listening and African-American Expressive Culture"


James Peterson "Concepts of the Underground in Black Culture"