RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
Section: 001 "Unlikely Heroes": African American Literature and the Crisis of Social Realism
Term: WN 2010
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
5
Repeatability:
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Sex. Booze. Violence.

There is also poverty and social inequality: these are the stories written by the authors of our course, “Unlikely Heroes”.

“Heroes” focuses on a unique period during the middle of the twentieth century when an intellectual crisis struck African American artistic communities. While some authors regarded fiction as a medium for pure aesthetic thought, a new generation of writers was concerned with social justice and class warfare. The result: a pastiche of incredibly exciting and contradictory characters who prove to be some of the unlikeliest heroes in all of American fiction.

In “Heroes” we will read novels, essays and short stories from such renowned authors as: Richard Wright, Ann Petry, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin and Chester Himes. As we investigate their work we will also ponder the larger questions that polarized these communities: What exactly is art? Is African American art “different”? And what is the responsibility of the African American author to her/his readership?

“Unlikely Heroes”: African American Literature and the Crisis of Social Realism is a course that will help us to better understand the social and cultural climate of the 1940's & 1950's. More importantly, this course will challenge some of the fundamental assumptions that we all hold regarding African American literature.

RCHUMS 334 - Special Topics in the Humanities
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
38821
Open
10
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
39199
Open
4
 
-
W 3:00PM - 5:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
41727
Closed
0
 
-
M 8:00PM - 10:00PM
W 7:00PM - 10:00PM
M 7:00PM - 8:00PM
005 (SEM)
P
41805
Closed
0
 
1So
-
MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
007 (SEM)
P
42135
Open
6
 
-
Th 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Class will meet at the Detroit Center, as part of the Semester in Detroit.
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Coursepack Location:
DOLLAR BILL COPYING: 611 Church Street
Note:
Students, the first item you ought to pick up is our "Unlikely Heroes" course packet. We will discuss our assigned textbooks during the first day of class. For more information on our course pack you can call DOLLAR BILL COPYING at: 734.665.9200
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