ENGLISH 653 - Topics in Twentieth Century American Literature
Section: 001 Current Problems in African American Literary Studies
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing and permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course will introduce students to a diverse set of concerns at the center of African American literary studies today: canon construction and periodization (including the question of whether African American literature is categorically obsolete); literary representations of slavery and other collective traumas; the discursive properties of race, class, gender, and sexuality; blackness and diaspora; and theorizing the African American subject. We will focus on late twentieth- and early twenty-first century literature and criticism, though we will take care to position our inquiry within a long tradition of black interpretive practices. The following questions will serve as our survey’s connective tissue: How do contemporary African Americanists revise, reject or re-imagine the terms and stakes of black literary and critical enterprises? What objects and forms of critical desire inhabit current theorizations of literature’s cultural labor?

ENGLISH 653 - Topics in Twentieth Century American Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
27175
Open
11
 
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MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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Note:
This course will introduce students to a diverse set of concerns at the center of African American literary study today: canon construction and periodization (including the question of whether African American literature is categorically obsolete); literary representations of slavery and other collective traumas; the discursive properties of race, class, gender, and sexuality; blackness and diaspora; and theorizing the African American subject. We will focus on late twentieth- and early twenty-first century literature and criticism, though we will take care to position our inquiry within a long tradition of black interpretive practices. The following questions will serve as our survey?s connective tissue: How do contemporary African Americanists revise, reject or re-imagine the terms and stakes of black literary and critical enterprises? What objects and forms of critical desire inhabit current theorizations of literature?s cultural labor? I will finalize and post the reading list a month before the start of classes. In the meantime, please feel free to be in touch with me if you have questions or concerns (aidalh@umich).
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