English R1B

Reading and Composition: Caribbean Poetry In and Out of English

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Session Course Areas
1 Summer 2021 Dunsker, Leo
TWTh 10-12:30 A

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What does "standard" English look like? How does it sound? In this course, we will be reading the work of a wide range of Caribbean poets. While some of the poetry we will read in this course is written in "standard" English, most of it is written in some kind of local or regional dialect; and while plenty of the work lives on the page, much of it will also consist of what is chiefly oral or spoken. We will consider the expressive possibilities of non-standard Englishes and oral poetics as we read the work of already-canonical poets (Claude McKay, Derek Walcott, Kamau Brathwaite, and Lorna Goodison) alongside less traditional work often rooted in performance and sometimes even in song (Louise Bennett, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jean “Binta” Breeze, Bongo Jerry, and Mighty Sparrow).


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