Special Course Descriptions

ENG 394 13 Poetry in Performance
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This course examines aspects of recitation and the oral traditions of poetry, emphasizing America's long history of memorizing and reciting favorite poems. The influences of Native American, African, European and other traditions on the performance of poetry will be considered, as well as the growing popularity of the "spoken word" genre. Students will consider the dialect poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar, the blues and jazz poetry of Langston Hughes and Ted Joans, the improvisational recitation of the Beats, the influence of Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement, and the Nuyoricans and contemporary "Slam Poetry." Class assignments will involve students reading, examining and reciting their work and the work of other assigned poets.