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Poetry and the Politics of Decolonization

Semester and Year SP 2016
Course Number IDSEM-UG1866
Section 001
Instructor Linn Cary Mehta
Days MW
Time 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Units 4
Level U
Requirement   HUM, GLOBAL



The course looks at poets writing in the twentieth century and after whose work is caught up in the struggle for independence from colonial rule and, subsequently, with the formation of a post-colonial literary voice. This poetry confronts issues of national and racial identity, place and displacement, decolonization and freedom from linguistic and political oppression. We will read, among others, the two leading poets of négritude, Aimé Césaire and Léopold Senghor, in relation to movements in Caribbean, African, and American literature including the Harlem Renaissance (Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Nicolas Guillén); Latin American poets including Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, and Octavio Paz; English-language poets including W.B. Yeats, William Carlos Williams, and Derek Walcott; and the Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore. Readings will be in English, though languages of composition vary from French and Spanish to Bengali; we will also include other literatures of this period that students are interested in.


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)