English R1A

Reading and Composition: Poetry of Protest

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
5 Fall 2022 Haas, Andrew J
MWF 1-2 DWIN189


This Rhetoric and Composition course examines protest poetry in the United States as a social phenomenon and literary tradition from the nineteenth century to the present. We will explore and think critically about “protest poetics” in its various shapes and forms, from the spirituals of the enslaved to the chants of mass demonstrations, from popular poems circulated in newspapers to avant-garde head-scratchers. Alongside these poems, we’ll interact with contextual materials from a wide range of media: comic books, manifestos, commercials, folk songs, performance art, leaflets, documentary films, chapbooks, and more.

Because this is a Rhetoric and Composition course, our central priority will be to develop effective reading, note-taking, and composition skills for college writing. Half of our time will be spent examining and practicing the basic skills involved in the writing of thesis-driven essays, including summary, analysis, thesis construction, and text citation.

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