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'Se Habla Inglés': The Politics and Meaning of Orality and Text in Chicano/a & Nuyorican Spoken Word
ENGL 290
Spring 2009
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AMST 255

Produced largely by working-class poets of color, contemporary spoken word, one of the most marginalized literary or cultural forms, has, nevertheless, acquired a certain caché, moving from the cafés, coffee shops, and tacquerias of its origins to pop-culture venues such as compacts disks, TV commercials, and HBO's Def Jam Poetry specials. In this course we will consider this emergent genre from a variety of perspectives, beginning with close readings of Chicana/o and Nuyorican spoken word texts as oral poetic forms and moving on to an investigation of the various possible historical antecedents of today's spoken world, which some trace to epic poetry or to Native American oral traditions or to the Beat Poets.

Essential Capabilities: Interpretation, Writing
The students will develop their reading, writing, and interpretation capabilitiesthrough engagement with course texts as they read them, analyze them on their own and in seminar with classmates, as they write analyses of the texts, and as they read the texts against the political, economic, and social contexts from which/about which the texts were developed. Students will develop their information literacy skills doing research for individual oral presentations on histories of orality.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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