AAS 381 - Intersections: Fictions and Feminisms of the African Diaspora
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
AAS 111 (CAAS 111).
May not be repeated for credit.
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The “f” word — feminism — will serve as the focal point of our exploration of Black women’s literature. Beginning with texts by writers such as Harriet Jacobs, Zora Neale Hurston, Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Morrison, Gayl Jones, and Pearl Cleage, we’ll explore the intersecting roles that race, gender, sexuality, class, and nationality have played throughout U.S. history in shaping how others have defined Black women and how Black women have defined themselves. We’ll situate African American women’s fiction in relation to the development of feminist theory in the U.S., focusing on overlaps and points of tension among various forms of African American and Euro-American feminisms. During the second half of the course, we’ll discuss fiction, essays, and films by women from Senegal, Zimbabwe, and Ghana, paying particular attention to the possibilities and challenges involved in trying to link women’s experiences across national, geographical, and historical divides.

Addressing a wide range of topics — including popular culture, artistic expression, sexuality, violence, economic inequality, imprisonment, and genital circumcision — we’ll explore how literary texts written by Black women can serve as forms of feminist theory by interrogating sources of inequality, and by imagining a world in which all women can lead healthy, fulfilling lives.

Please note: Students must attend the first two class meetings in order to remain in the class.

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AAS 381 - Intersections: Fictions and Feminisms of the African Diaspora
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001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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Coursepack Location:
Accu-Copy (518 Williams Street)
1) PLEASE PURCHASE THE EXACT EDITIONS LISTED BELOW. It will be very confusing if class members buy different editions because the page numbers will differ, so please make sure to purchase editions that list the same publisher and publication date specified for each book. Thank you! 2) The coursepack will be ready by the first week of the term. At that time, I will send an email to let you know how much the coursepack costs, but please be advised that Accu-Copy only accepts cash or checks. See you in September!
ISBN: 9780486419312
Incidents in the life of a slave girl, Author: Harriet Jacobs., Publisher: Dover Publications 2001
ISBN: 9780061120060
Their eyes were watching God, Author: Zora Neale Hurston ; with a foreword by Edwidge Danticat and an afterword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Publisher: HarperCollins 1st Harper 2006
ISBN: 9780883780619
Maud Martha, Author: Gwendolyn Brooks., Publisher: Third world press First Thir 1993
ISBN: 9781400033430
Sula, Author: Toni Morrison ; [with a new foreword by the author]., Publisher: Vintage International 1st Vintag 2004
ISBN: 9780804169882
Paradise, Author: Toni Morrison. First Vint 2014
ISBN: 9781601626004
A project chick, Author: by Nikki Turner., Publisher: Urban Books 10 year an 2014
ISBN: 9780954702335
Nervous conditions, Author: Tsitsi Dangarembga, Publisher: Ayebia Clarke [Nouvelle 2004
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