English 24, Section 3

African American Poetry (1 unit, P/NP)

Professor Bryan Wagner
Tuesday 4:00-5:00, 301 Wheeler Hall, Class number: 46203

We will spend the semester reading, discussing, and writing about poems by African American authors including Phillis Wheatley, Frances Harper, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Claude McKay, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka, Audre Lorde, Nathaniel Mackey, Harryette Mullen, and Claudia Rankine.

Instructor Bio

Bryan Wagner is Associate Professor in the English Department at UC Berkeley. He received a PhD from the University of Virginia before coming to Berkeley in 2002. His research focuses on African American expression in the context of slavery and its aftermath, and he has secondary interests in legal history and popular music. He is the author of Disturbing the Peace: Black Culture and the Police Power after Slavery (Harvard, 2009) and The Tar Baby: A Global History (Princeton, 2017). His book on The Wild Tchoupitoulas -- a landmark recording of processional call-and-response music arranged as electric funk -- is forthcoming in the 33 1/3 Series from Bloomsbury Publishing. Current projects include a digital archive on Louisiana Slave Conspiracies and an edition dedicated to the fugitive slave, Bras-Coupé. Courses in regular rotation include both of the department's surveys in African American literature, an interdisciplinary seminar on Reconstruction, and undergraduate lectures on "Culture and Society in Silent Cinema" and "The Strange Career of Jim Crow."

Faculty web site: http://english.berkeley.edu/profiles/74