ENGLISH 315 - Women and Literature
Winter 2020, Section 001 - Black Feminist Poetry
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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come celebrate

with me that everyday

something has tried to kill me

and has failed.

--Lucille Clifton

How did Black women writing in the U.S. use poetry to widen the scope of feminism in the decades following the second-wave feminist movement? These years are remembered for Anita Hill's testimony; the passing of Title IX; the first Take Back the Night marches; the introduction of terms "intersectionality" by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw and "third wave feminism" by Rebecca Walker; the widespread publishing of works by feminists of color; the creation of Black and Women's Studies departments across colleges and universities; and much more. Black women of many identities were writing poems that reimagined gender, race and sexuality, and that challenged cultures of violence in favor of imagining beloved communities. We will read Gwendolyn Brooks, Gloria Oden, Mari Evans, Dolores Kendrick, Sonia Sanchez, Audre Lorde, Lucille Clifton, Jane Cortez, Sherley Anne Williams, Marilyn Nelson Waniek, Rita Dove, Thylias Moss, and Elizabeth Alexander, along with essays by Black feminist thinkers.

Required book:

Every Shut Eye Ain't Asleep: An Anthology of Poetry by African Americans Since 1945 edited by Michael S. Harper and Anthony Walton (1994).

Course Requirements:

Assignments will include weekly writing, a close-reading essay, a research essay, and a final exam.


ENGLISH 315 - Women and Literature
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001 (REC)
 In Person
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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