WGSS 132
Black Writing To, From, and About Prison Fall 2018
Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed WGSS 132 / ENGL 132
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This introductory course considers the disproportionate incarceration of African Americans as it is represented on the page. Keywords for meditation and analysis include blackness, gender, prison, justice, freedom, and abolition. Each reading and class discussion will aid students in developing rigorous and nuanced understandings of these terms. Course texts will include letters from Angela Davis’s edited collection If They Come in the Morning, autobiographies like that by Malcolm X, poetry by Ericka Huggins and Huey Newton, as well as critical interventions by scholars like Nikki Jones, WEB Du Bois, and selections from Eric Stanley and Nat Smith’s edited collection Captive Genders. We will also look at contemporary groups organizing around the question of prisons and justice including Critical Resistance, BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100), and TGIJP (Transgender Gender Variant Intersex Justice Project).
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1972
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three 4- to 5-page individual papers, one 4- to 5-page hybrid paper, informal writing, letter writing
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: first-year students who have not taken or placed out of a 100-level ENGL course
Enrollment Preferences: none
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS DPE: This class meets the DPE designation in that it facilitates critical engagement with the question of what counts as justice, for whom, for what reasons, and at what cost individually and communally. Students will sharpen their understanding of the relationship between race, gender, and power in the afterlife of slavery WI: This class is Writing-Intensive in that it requires a minimum of 20 pages of formal writing
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 132 Division II ENGL 132 Division I

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