ENGLISH 372 - Toni Morrison
Fall 2020, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, one of the most celebrated American novelists, has asserted that she is “valuable as a writer because I am a woman” whose socialization in black and American societies allows her “to bring . . . to the surface” “things . . . that men – trained to be men in a certain way – have difficulty getting access to.” In this course, which examines the “unruly” formulations of gender that Morrison offers in a selection of her novels, we will consider, among other matters, her representations of the disparate “training” or socialization that black American males and females receive and the degree to which that training is impacted by their status as racially, economically, and/or socially marginalized inhabitants of the United States. Recent experience in reading and discussing complex works of literature would be extremely valuable for enrolled students, who read 8 of Morrison’s novels, interviews granted by the author, essays written by her, and scholarly essays about her work as well as about gender, race, black American literature, and post-civil rights U.S. society.

Course Requirements:

In this discussion course, you’ll be called upon to produce, in addition to spirited and respectful debate about the readings and answers to either midterm or final examination questions: one research paper that wrestles with one of Morrison’s later works; one brief essay on an early novel; and frequent in-class and before-class responses to the reading.


ENGLISH 372 - Toni Morrison
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001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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