AAS 338 - Literature in Afro-American Culture
Fall 2019, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
AAS 201.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In this course, we will investigate roughly ten black American autobiographical texts published during the last fifty years. Beginning with Anne Moody’s classic 1968 civil rights work, Coming of Age in Mississippi, and ending with Kiese Laymon’s award-winning 2018 Heavy: An American Memoir, we will explore black and American selfhood at crucial pressure points during a half-century of long-deferred, still-tentative, and still-provisional freedom. In addition to assessing the varied, sometimes-competing examinations of black American freedom constructed in the shadow of the black American freedom movements, we will test, among other notions, the applicability of the notion of intersectionality – which The Oxford Dictionary defines as “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage” (and, I would add, incrimination or advantage) – to analyses of texts that foreground the creation and performance of black American selfhood. Twice a week, students will record and share their reactions to the course material – the autobiographies themselves and writings, videos, and other materials that will help to illuminate them. Also, they will write two essays (5 and 10 pages in length), participate in two brief group reports, and strive to be active contributors to class discussions.


AAS 338 - Literature in Afro-American Culture
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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