ENGL 252
South African and American Intersections
Last Offered Spring 2007
Division II
Cross-listed COMP 258 / ENGL 252 / AFR 260
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

Despite very significant historical differences, South Africa and the United States have undergone analogous periods of racial segregation and resistance. Such recognizable symmetries have been amplified by writers/artists, which in turn has yielded fascinating cultural connections. This multi-genre course will trace the emergence of a twentieth-century South Africafrican American cultural relationship by examining a variety of texts. Over the semester, we will examine the patterns of influence between both populations in order to help us understand the role of cultural texts in the political arena (in particular, international solidarity movements). In addition to comparative studies, we will examine literature and artistic works by Peter Abrahams, Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Bessie Head, Audre Lorde, J.M. Coetzee, Gil Scott-Heron, and others.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 3006
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based upon attendance and participation, reading responses, class presentations, one mid-term essay, and one final research paper
Prerequisites: prior 100- or 200- level Africana Studies course or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores and juniors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL or COMP
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 258 Division II ENGL 252 Division II AFR 260 Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora

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