Poetry is Not a Luxury: Women, Poetry and the United States

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Semester

  • WS 15/16

Course Information

Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154616 Poetry is Not a Luxury: Women, Poetry and the United States 2 PS Di 12:15 - 13:45 R. 0.420 Sniezyk

Course Description

Audre Lorde, the African American poet and activist who famously describes herself as a “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet,” chose “Poetry is not a Luxury” as the title of one of the essays arguing for the necessity of poetry for expressing the specificities of African-American women’s realities and sensibilities. Audre Lorde’s self-identification and work teaches us that poetry can be/is political. This is especially true for those at the ‘margin’ of society and the ‘imagined’ nation-state, such as African-American women in the 1960s America. While the margin is a starting point for analysis of the imagined center and secure, gendered metaphors are often used to create it. Poetry then is only one site to look at these complex practices.

In this seminar, we will be looking at a variety of poems, poetesses, poetry movements and topics that connect collectivities and the political, such as national identities and issues, with gender and other sites of difference. They will come from outside and inside the United States, include male and female poets, and will span from ‘America’s first female poet’, Anne Bradstreet, to slam poetry.

The reading list will include authors such as Meena Alexander, Julia Alvarez, Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Bishop, Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, HD, Jane Hirshfield, June Jordan, Mohja Kahf, Audre Lorde, Mary Mackey, Mary Oliver, Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, and Alice Walker.

This course is particularly recommended for the Angewandte Studiengänge.

Modules

Lehramtsstudiengänge Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften
  • BA LA: 203
  • MA LA:
  • B.A.ALK: Kern 1c, 2abc, 3b Komp 1b
  • B.A.AS: Komp 2a
  • M.A.ALK:
  • M.A.AS:
  • LPO 2003:
    • GHR: 1f
    • GyGe: 1f, 4c
    • SP1. Fach: 1f
    • SP2. Fach:
    • BK: 1f, 4c
  • LPO 1994/2000: B4, E2
  • LABG 2009:
    • G: 602
    • HRG: 503
    • GyGe/BK: 503
    • SP: