ENG435H1S L0101ENG435H1S L0201 T1-3
Advanced Seminar Group 3: Black Epics of the Americas
Instructor: George Elliott Clarke
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 804
Brief Description of Course:
We will read approximately eight book-length poems, of which only a minority will be undisputed epics, but all of which will be attempts to reflect upon the New World African experience of slavery, segregation, and/or colonialism. We will canvas works such as Aimé Césaire’s epyllion, Notebook of a Return to My Native Land [in English translation], and Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott’s masterpiece, Omeros. We will examine the ways in which various poets, from Canada, the Caribbean, and the United States have attempted to use book-length forms to articulate poetically their respective popular histories and cultures.
Required Reading: Omeros, Notebook of a return to My Native Land, Harlem Gallery.
First Three Authors/Texts:
Césaire, Tolson, Walcott.
Method of Evaluation:
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