Celebrating Ethnic Diversity in Contemporary Poetry (one-session course)

Ref: C3847142

In this session we will read some ethnically diverse poets to question, and better understand, such issues as race, identity, belonging, cultural inheritance and migration, the dispersal and disruption of literary tradition, the imagined, and the (re)construction of the British and wider poetic canon. We will see how ethnically diverse poets at work in Britain and elsewhere respond to and reframe discourses around nation, self and what 'counts' as British. As Jahan Ramazani observes in his work A Transnational Poetics: 'Although creolization, hybridization, and the like are often regarded as multicultural sideshows to literary histories of formal advancement or the growth of discrete national poetries, these cross-cultural dynamics are arguably amongst the engines of modern and contemporary poetic development and innovation.' Poets might include Raymond Antrobus, Vahni Capildeo, Kayo Chingonyi, Imtiaz Dharker, Tishani Doshi, Mina Gorji, Hannah Lowe, Nicole Sealey, Kevin Young.

Additional information about this course

Part of the WEA national online programme in the Festival of Literature and Heritage

Course aim

This session will introduce and explore a selection contemporary poets of ethnically diverse backgrounds along with examples of their poetry. We will consider the background of each poet alongside close readings and discussion of their poems.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Show a developed appreciation for the works of a selection of contemporary poets of ethnically diverse backgrounds and identities who are writing and publishing today
  • Offer ideas and appraisals of different kinds of poetic and literary works by engaging with and responding to both primary and secondary texts

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

This session will be taught online using a combination of Zoom and the WEA's online digital learning platform Canvas, both of which you will need to be able to access through the internet and email. A selection of learning resources e.g. poems and background reading will be provided in advance.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Celebrating Ethnic Diversity in Contemporary Poetry (one-session course)

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