Osbey's research and teaching focus on narrative language, voice, and placement; 

history of poetry of the Americas of precolonial and colonial eras;

narrative and material texts of culture; 

and the place of New Orleans in Atlantic and inter-American spheres. 

Among her signature courses are those listed below.























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 New Orleans Slave Mart.

Modernist Africana Poetry of the Americas












Modernist Africana Poetry of the Americas [MAPA] examines the origins of Modernism among Africana authors of the Americas (New World), and treats poetry, poetics and poetry movements of Brazil and Latin America, the Caribbean and United States from the 18th through the first half of the 20th century.











Included at the course website are:


_Course outline & requirements

_Assigned texts

_Paper topics & Guidelines

_Chronology/s of movements, works,

    & poets


_Literary reference and resource

materials, including links to poetry

dictionaries and encyclopedias, resources

for further reading


& more.

Martin Carter


Guyana, S.A.

Domingos Caldas Barbosa


 Brazil, S.A.


Candelario Obeso 


Colombia, S.A.

Texts are presented/studied in the original languages and in translation.

A full list of works and movements is available during the regular term.

The seminar developed from and is part of the larger *MAPA in Translation project.

*MAPA in Translation is a long-term study, bringing together works of Africana poets from across the Americas.

Translated and edited

by Brenda Marie Osbey.



Black New Orleans Archival Research Seminar

[Black NOLA]


Black New Orleans Research Seminar [Black NOLA] examines the development of a unique African/American cultural and political identity in New Orleans, beginning with the founding of the city in 1718.


Seminar members conduct individual guided research projects and make use of archival materials and library special collections. Roundtable discussions provide a forum for seminar  members to explore alternative interpretations and applications of received history/narratives, and to present specific research questions for consideration by the group as a whole.


Storyville, Faubourg Tremé aerial view.

The seminar begins with the development of Faubourg Tremé, the oldest free Black community in the United States.
The course website includes:

_Course Outline & Requirements

_Assigned Reading/Viewing/Listening


_Archival/Special Collections Resources

_Faubourg Tremé Chronology


_"Faubourg Tremé: Community in Transition"

    by Brenda Marie Osbey parts 1--7

_Additional resources.

 New Orleans Slave Mart.

History, Archives, & Narrative Poetry

[HANP 1, 2]



1967 Research-Arts Seminar [67RAS] examines the crucial role of African American resistance, arts, and activism in changing the political and cultural landscape of the United States in that pivotal year.

At page top: New Orleans skyline, tombs of St. Louis Cemetery #1 in foreground.

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