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
3
 
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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?
ISBN: 9781400033416
Beloved, Author: by Toni Morrison., Publisher: Knopf 1st Vintag 1987
Required
ISBN: 9780819571694
Zong!, Author: M. NourbeSe Philip ; as told to the author by Setaey Adamu Boateng., Publisher: Wesleyan University Press 1st Wesley 2011
Required
ISBN: 0822362945
In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, Author: Christina Sharpe, Publisher: Duke University Press 2016
Required
ISBN: 9780812981766
Pym : a novel, Author: Mat Johnson., Publisher: Spiegel & Grau Trade Paperbacks Spiegel & 2012
Required
ISBN: 9780816672790
The reorder of things : the University and its pedagogies of minority difference, Author: Roderick A. Ferguson., Publisher: Univ. of Minnesota Press 2012
Required
ISBN: 9781555531584
Sarah Phillips : with a new foreword by Valerie Smith, Author: Andrea Lee., Publisher: Northeastern Univ. Pr 5. print. 2002
Required
ISBN: 9780618509645
Philadelphia fire, Author: John Edgar Wideman., Publisher: Houghton Mifflin 1ere Marin 2005
Required
ISBN: 9780141984179
Don't let me be lonely., Author: Rankine, Claudia., Publisher: Penguin Books 2017
Required
ISBN: 9780385493000
The intuitionist, Author: Colson Whitehead., Publisher: Anchor Books 1. Anchor 1999
Required
ISBN: 159448709X
New People, Author: Danzy Senna, Publisher: Riverhead 2017
Required
ISBN: 0674066294
What was African American literature?, Author: Warren, Kenneth W. (Kenneth Wayne)
Required
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