COD 2020 - S690

Instapoetry by Young Female Voices in the ELT Class

Mid and late-teen language and literature teachers and poetry lovers

1 sessions, start: 17-Mar

Course detail

Year: 2020
Level: Secondary
Language: English
Status: Postponed
Facilitator/s: Ms. Beatriz Koessler MA
Print course
ESSARP Schools
Free of charge
Exams Schools
ARS 1200.00
Non affiliate
ARS 1200.00


Sessions Dates Start Finish
1 17 March 2020 05:30 pm 08:30 pm


Beatriz Koessler

Beatriz holds an MA in Literary Linguistics from the University of Nottingham, Uk. She was a lecturer in British Literature and Literature in the Language Class at both I.S.P. "J. V. González" and I.E.S. en Lenguas Vivas "J. R. Fernández" for more than thirty years. She has worked as a materials designer for the British Council and for Pearson Education. She's co-author of the Storyline series.
Mid and late-teen language and literature teachers and poetry lovers
Instagram poets are attracting millions of followers through their inspiring, relatable and very accessible minimalist posts.If so, why not bring these poets into our class, more so when most write short texts in simple, straightforward English, sometimes accompanied by engaging illustrations?
The workshop will focus on three young, culturally diverse, female Instapoets, not because there aren’t as many male voices worth examining, but because the female gaze has almost been absent in the white, male poetic tradition. Punjabi-Canadian Rupi Kaur, 26, explores universal issues such as identity, love, sexual abuse and women’s empowerment. Somali-British Warsan Shire, 30, writes very powerfully about immigrant experience, sex and infidelity, among many other subjects. And West African- British Yrsa Daley-Ward, also 30, concentrates on family, loss, displacement and mental health. But their poetry isn´t solely for young, female readers: the three look into the issues of self-esteem, gender equality and human empowerment which cater to a wider reading public.
The theoretical framework to be used will include concepts from Feminist Criticism, as the three poets challenge patriarchal tenets, and Postcolonial issues, given that the three have suffered from racial discrimination and cultural displacement. But it will mainly base itself on Reader Response theory, which is, after all, what has made millions of Instagram followers identify and empathize with the young female voices.
Kaur, Rupi (2015) milk and honey, Andrews McMeel Publishing
(2017) the sun and her flowers, Simon and Schuster
Daley-Ward, Yrsa (2014) Bone, Penguin Books
(2018) The Terrible, Penguin Books
Shire, Warsan (2011) teaching my mother how to give birth, mouthmark series
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