ENGL 242 B: Reading Prose Fiction

Race and Nation

Meeting Time: 
MTWTh 9:30am - 10:20am
CDH 105

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English 242B: Race and Nation

American writers’ engagement with the complexity of race has a long history. In this course, we will read literary texts—novels, short stories, memoirs, essays, and speeches—that help us explore how the meanings of race and nation were shaped and reshaped as the U.S. developed into a modern nation-state. Our readings will include works by Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Herman Melville, Kate Chopin, and W.E.B. Du Bois. We will consider how each text engages with the dialectic of race and nation and examine whether and how close reading of each text complicates our understanding of “America,” its people, and its history. This course fulfills the University W requirement. 

Catalog Description: 
Critical interpretation and meaning in works of prose fiction, representing a variety of types and periods.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:14pm