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ENGL 318 A: Black Literary Genres

Neo-Slave Narratives

Meeting Time: 
MW 7:00pm - 8:50pm
DEN 305
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Habiba Ibrahim

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Engl. 318: Black Literary Genres: Neo-Slave Narratives

The “neo-slave narrative,” a literary form that came into prominence during the late twentieth century, often borrows the conventions of nineteenth-century-era slave narratives, which include first-person narration, and an account of enslavement from the perspective of the enslaved. Through the form of the neo-slave narrative, contemporary authors speculate about the historical conditions of slavery, and slavery's immediate impact on social and political life. Yet, in addition to being a speculative conduit through which to approach the historical past, the form allows authors to explore slavery's outcomes as they are continuously experienced in the present day. This course will focus on how neo-slave narratives express the experience of historical time, how the past activates new questions about the present, and likewise, how the present opens new considerations about the past. Among authors' works, we will consider those of Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, and Charles Jo! hnson.


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Considers how generic forms and conventions have been discussed and distributed in the larger context of African American, or other African diasporic literary studies. Links the relationship between generic forms to questions of power within social, cultural, and historical contexts. Offered: jointly with AFRAM 318; AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Writing (W)
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Last updated: 
March 16, 2016 - 11:20am