ENGLISH 379 - Literature in Afro-American Culture
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
Advisory Prerequisites:
AAS 201.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

and when we speak we are afraid
our words will not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid.

So it is better to speak
we were never meant to survive.

With these lines, the self-described “black lesbian mother warrior poet” Audre Lorde declared the power of poetry in the lives of African American women, a sentiment she echoed in her essay “Poetry is Not a Luxury.” June Jordan spoke of the eighteenth-century poet Phillis Wheatley in similar terms, citing the “difficult miracle” of black women’s poetry in America. This course introduces a broad range of African American women poets from the era of slavery to the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, black feminism, and beyond. By pairing poetry and poetic manifestoes with secondary scholarship, we will explore the centrality of questions of race, gender, sexuality, and class to the aesthetics and politics of African American women’s verses.

ENGLISH 379 - Literature in Afro-American Culture
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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