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ENGL 358 A: Literature Of Black Americans

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
SMI 305
headshot of Habiba Ibrahim from neck up, out-of-focus leafy background
Habiba Ibrahim

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How are concepts that are foundational to American nationhood—citizenship, law, racial differentiation, and gender—related to questions of power? Why is “culture” an especially useful site for investigating how power functions? What questions do African American literary studies allow us to ask about power and liberation, history and society? And when it comes to black producers of culture, what (counter) responses to nationhood do they think into being? This course will focus on the interdisciplinary formation of African American Literary Studies, and draw our attention to a few key theories and methods that have shaped this field. Our goal is to understand how the theories and analyses that we cover in this course may bear on our reading of literary texts. Primary texts may include: Nella Larsen, Passing (1929) Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952), Toni Morrison, Sula (1973), and Ernest Gaines, A Gathering of Old Men (1983).

Catalog Description: 
Selected writings, novels, short stories, plays, poems by Afro-American writers. Study of the historical and cultural context within which they evolved. Differences between Afro-American writers and writers of the European-American tradition. Emphasis varies. Offered: jointly with AFRAM 358.
GE Requirements: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
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March 24, 2016 - 11:24am