AMST 166 Politics and Prose: Invisible Man in Historical Context (D) (W)

Last offered Spring 2014

Cross Listed as AFR166, HIST166
"I am an invisible man." So begins Ralph Ellison's treatise on black life in the United States in the middle of the twentieth century. Ellison's book Invisible Man appeared in 1952, won the National Book Award, and secured a prominent place in the canons of both American and African American arts and letters. Often studied for its literary crafting and for the ways it echoes the work of classic American writers, Invisible Man iterates the black past as it affects its protagonist. This course examines the novel and its themes in historical context: debates among black ideologues and leaders; links between culture and protest; and effects of black migration and urbanization. In addition to the novel the course also includes readings in black sociology, anthropology, law, literature, political science, education, folklife, and music.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: frequent short assignments, building toward longer essays and a final paper; final evaluation will be based on these assignments and class participation
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: first-year or sophomore standing; juniors or seniors with permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preference: first-year students, and then sophomores who have not previously taken a 100-level seminar
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Exploring Diversity, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives,AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora,HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3627
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER ENRL CONSENT
AMST 166 SEM Invisible Man in Hist Context (D) (W) Division 2: Social StudiesExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Leslie Brown
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