English 151G 1960s Countercultures in Stanford’s Special Collections Professor Adena Spingarn


Week 6: Black Power and the Black Arts Movement



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Week 6: Black Power and the Black Arts Movement

Monday, May 2:

Larry Neal, “The Black Arts Movement”

Ishmael Reed, “Eldridge Cleaver—Writer”

Eldridge Cleaver, excerpt from Soul on Ice

Amiri Baraka, “Numbers, Letters”

Nikki Giovanni, “My Poem”

Robert Penn Warren interview with Stokely Carmichael, March 4, 1964

[http://whospeaks.library.vanderbilt.edu/interview/stokely-carmichael]

Wednesday, May 4:

Stokely Carmichael, “Toward Black Liberation”

Kwame Ture [Stokely Carmichael] and Charles V. Hamilton, “Black Power: Its Need and Substance”


* Response paper due by the start of class: locate a relevant item in Special Collections and write a 1-page (single-spaced) response that: a) briefly explains how you found the selected item and why you chose it, b) substantively connects it to the week’s readings, and c) suggests two research questions that might come from it.
* Final Paper proposal due Friday, May 6 by midnight.
Week 7: Anti-War, Anti-Nuclear Power, Environmentalism

Monday, May 9:

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring (Part I)

Robert Bly, “The Teeth Mother Naked at Last”

Denise Levertov, “Life at War”

Yusef Komunyakaa, “Tunnels,” “Hanoi Hannah,” “Prisoners,” “Facing It”

Wednesday, May 11:

David Lance Goins, “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie”


* Response paper due by the start of class: locate a relevant item in Special Collections and write a 1-page (single-spaced) response that: a) briefly explains how you found the selected item and why you chose it, b) substantively connects it to the week’s readings, and c) suggests two research questions that might come from it.
Week 8: Gay liberation



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