COMP 304 Spring 2013 Writing Love in the African Diaspora (D)

Cross Listed as ENGL313, AFR321, WGSS304
This course explores how various forms of love are imagined in contemporary writing of the African Diaspora. From parent-child affections, to heterosexual romance, to queer intimacies, to the love between friends, "love" is a central theme in literature and a crucial part of how we define humanity. Exploring texts such as Junot Diaz's This is How you Lose Her, Mariama Ba's So Long a Letter, Ben Okri's The Famished Road, Dee Rees's Pariah, and Toni Morrison's Love, we will consider how various forms of intimacy are written and read in the African Diaspora. We will read these works alongside theoretical and critical texts in black feminism, sexuality studies, affect theory and queer theory to consider several questions: What do literary love relationships reveal about cultural notions of gender, sexuality, class, and spirituality? How are intimacy and human connection evoked differently through Diasporic modernist, magical realist, and postmodernist literary techniques? How do processes of enslavement, colonization, migration, and war shape how love is imagined in Afrodiasporic literature?
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: two short (3-4-page) papers, one longer (7-10-page) final paper, a final presentation, and regular contributions to class discussions; students will have the option to fulfill the presentation requirements with creative work
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: Some coursework in WGSS, AFR, ENGL or COMP
Enrollment Preference: WGSS, AFR, ENGL, COMP majors/concentrators
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS or AFR; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL or COMP
Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity
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Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3471
COMP304-01(S) SEM Wrtng Love in African Diaspora (D) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity Initiative Mecca J. Sullivan
MW 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Clark Hall 205 3471
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