English 167 - Fall, 2017

20th Century African American Poetry

Class Information

Instructor: Clover, Joshua
CRN: 62667
Time: TR 4:40-6:00
Location: 106 Olson


    This course will focus on the Black Radical Tradition, sometimes known as the Black Revolutionary Tradition (BRT). As a result we'll focus particularly (but not exclusively on the period from 1965-75, the peak of this tradition in the US. We'll read various poets with special attention to
    Claude McKay, Brooks, Baraka, and some contemporary poets associated with the Movement for Black Lives. In addition to that we'll read from other writings related to the BRT, including Du Bois, George Jackson, Assata Shakur, Huey Newton, and others.


    Grading will be based on regular reading responses, participation, a short essay, a final essay, and a final exam.


    Zong!, M. NourbeSe Phillip
    The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader
    The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks, Gwendolyn Brooks
    Soledad Brother, George Jackson
    Assata: An Autobiography, Assata Shakur
    Black Against Empire, Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr.