CAAS 458 - Issues in Black World Studies
Section: 002 The Southern Novel in Black and White
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
20
Class Misc Info:
This class satisfies the American Literature and New Traditions requirements for English concentrators.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

During the middle decades of the Twentieth Century, the American South experienced monumental and wrenching social change. In little more than fifty years, the South went from being an isolated and overwhelmingly rural society, in thrall to an all-encompassing system of racial segregation, to becoming both the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, and a reconfigured landscape of strip malls, booming suburbs, and a haunting, ever-present past.

During the same decades, however, the South also produced a phenomenal body of literature. Not only did Twentieth Century Southern authors have a profound impact on literature worldwide, but they also helped to create what is considered by many to be America’s richest literary terrain.

Focusing on five classic Southern novels, this course will examine how history and literature can illuminate each other, particularly in matters of race and race relations. Readings will include books by Harper Lee, Zora Neale Hurston, William Faulkner, James Dickey, and Alice Walker, while in-class lectures will address Southern literary history as well as the history of the South during the turbulent decades of the 1930s through the 1970s. Moreover, we will also focus on the lives of each author and how, out of the raw materials of their own life and times, they created works of remarkable power, beauty, and lasting significance.

CAAS 458 - Issues in Black World Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
11979
Open
10
 
-
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: Section 001: Meets with Poli Sci 496
002 (SEM)
P
26339
Open
2
 
-
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Section 002: Meets with English 417.002
003 (SEM)
P
27107
Open
18
14Jr or Sr
-
W 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 9780060935467
To Kill a Mockingbird, Author: Harper Lee
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780061120060
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Author: Zora Neale Hurston
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780679732266
Light in August, Author: William Faulkner
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780385313872
Deliverance, Author: James Dickey
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780156031820
The Color Purple, Author: Alice Walker
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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