ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
Section: 016 "In Humanity, Quiet is Our Dignity": Black Women Writers of the late 20th and early 21st Century
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

What is resistance? Can the interior life, or moments of quiet, be resistant? As Kevin Quashie points out, in The Sovereignty of Quiet: Beyond Resistance in Black Culture (2012), “[the] interior quality” of “protest is rarely discussed” (3). Often, when we conceptualize Black voices of resistance, we have a tendency to privilege Black Nationalist rhetoric like “By Any Means Necessary,” the symbol of the Black Power fist, and the fiery speechifying of Malcolm X. We also have a tendency to privilege the voices of Black men. Within these four walls, we will do our best to think, read, and write against these hegemonic scripts.

To borrow some language from Quashie, whose ode to the richness of Black inner life we will revisit time and again throughout this semester, this class will make a “case for quiet” as a lens through which to read a handful of Black Women Writers of the late 20th and early 21st Century (5). We will employ quiet as both our methodology and our reading practice, conceiving of it as “a metaphor for the full range of one’s inner life- one’s desires, ambitions, hungers, vulnerabilities, fears” (Quashie 6). We will remember, and remind ourselves constantly, that “the inner life is not apolitical or without social value,” even as it dramatically unseats “an ideology of staged and public resistance” (Quashie 6).

In order to operationalize, and test, our methodology/reading practice of quiet, we will engage works by Gwendolyn Brooks, Jamaica Kincaid, Jesmyn Ward, and Claudia Rankine. The texts I have chosen for inclusion encourage an attentiveness to the inner states of their characters. These works ask us to not only rethink our reading practices, but to rethink our notions of both Black resistance and Blackness itself. As we engage these fantastic Black Women Writers, we will be ever mindful of how we too might harness our inner lives for anti-racist efforts. What might it mean for us to begin to think of our everyday lives, or the minutiae of our days, as being littered with opportunities for anti-racism, allyship, and radical peace?

ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
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ISBN: 9780883780619
Maud Martha, Author: Brooks, Gwendolyn., Publisher: Third World Press 1993
Required
ISBN: 1411476344
Lucy : a novel, Author: Kincaid, Jamaica,
Required
ISBN: 1408841312
Salvage the bones, Author: Ward, Jesmyn., Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks 2014
Required
ISBN: 0141981776
Citizen : an American lyric, Author: Rankine, Claudia, 1963-, Publisher: Penguin Books 2015
Required
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