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African American Poetry and Poetics

ENGL 572.401
M 2-5

In this class we will read poetry by African Americans writing mostly in the twentieth century in order to deepen our knowledge of the field and also question conventions of canon formation and definitions of "experimental."� We will also read critical, theoretical, and archival material that will help us to think about enduring issues arising from these poems and new ways of contextualizing and contemplating this canon.� Some of the poets will visit campus and class.� Authors include:� Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Hayden, Bob Kaufman, Lucille Clifton, Michael Harper, Yusef Komunyakaa, Rita Dove, Harryette Mullen, and others.

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