African American Children’s Poetry

Themes, Issues and Social Context

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About the Book

This work examines African American children’s poetry through a variety of lenses: jazz poetics, the blues, nonsense verse, gender, and working class studies. African American children’s poetry reveals legacies of segregation, the Great Migration north, and racial and gender reckonings in United States history. Works by Gwendolyn Brooks, Langston Hughes, Lauryn Hill, and Wynton Marsalis reveal warnings, scenes of empowerment, and moments of remembrance for children and young adults. This is the first academic book to investigate African American children’s poetry thematically across two centuries, including hip hop lyrics and jazz poetry.

About the Author(s)

Wynn William Yarbrough teaches composition, children’s literature, technical writing, British literature and the capital capstone course in the interdisciplinary general education program at the University of the District of Columbia. His academic research interests include assessment and composition pedagogies and curriculum; anthropomorphic tales; gender; African-American children’s poetry, and Edwardian literature. He is currently on the board of the Association of General and Liberal Studies and has been a regular member of the Children’s Literature Association for over 17 years.

Bibliographic Details

Wynn William Yarbrough
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9529-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5253-5
Imprint: McFarland