Dr. Mark A. Sanders
Professor of English and Africana Studies
222 Decio Hall
This course will examine African American poetry of the twentieth and twenty-first century. While we will attend to issues of artistry—voicing, prosody, diction, etc.—we will also address the ways in which the poetry responds to (and shapes) its cultural and political surroundings. Divided into three eras, the Harlem Renaissance, the Middle Generation, and Black Arts and beyond, the course will examine the multiple ways in which each collection responds to its cultural moment, while gesturing toward the preceding one and anticipating the next.