ENGL 347 A: Studies In Non-Fiction Prose

The Fire This Time: Contemporary Black Non-Fiction

Meeting Time: 
TTh 7:00pm - 8:50pm
Location: 
DEN 305
SLN: 
13857
Instructor:
LC-S
Louis Chude-Sokei

Syllabus Description:

ENGL 347A: The Fire This Time: Contemporary Black Non-Fiction

When many of our cultural, political and economic crises center on or attempt to evade issues of race, black writers have been central to articulating the zeitgeist. And in such times many of them favor non-fiction as a method of either directly approaching “truth” or of dissecting it in order to explore exactly how it functions, for whom and to what ends. This class focuses on a series of important works of non-fiction by black writers who engage our contemporary “crises” from multiple perspectives.  Ranging from memoir to reportage, criticism to political punditry, these works not only demonstrate the range of possibilities available in non-fiction but also provide an ongoing narrative of our changing racial realities and our rapidly transforming notions of “the real.”

Additional Details:

ENGL 347A:
The Fire This Time: Contemporary Black Non-Fiction
When many of our cultural, political and economic crises center on or attempt to evade issues of race, black writers have been central to articulating the zeitgeist. And in such times many of them favor non-fiction as a method of either directly approaching “truth” or of dissecting it in order to explore exactly how it functions, for whom and to what ends. This class focuses on a series of important works of non-fiction by black writers who engage our contemporary “crises” from multiple perspectives. Ranging from memoir to reportage, criticism to political punditry, these works not only demonstrate the range of possibilities available in non-fiction but also provide an ongoing narrative of our changing racial realities and our rapidly transforming notions of “the real.”

Catalog Description: 
Explores the workings and evolution of non-fiction prose, Introduces the distinct styles and purposes on non-fiction prose such as autobiography, biography, personal essay, reflective and meditative writing, social and scientific inquiry, and persuasive writing.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
March 21, 2016 - 9:10am