AMST 248
Black Women in African American Literature and Culture
Last Offered Fall 2017
Division I
Cross-listed AMST 248 / ENGL 248 / WGSS 258
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

This course surveys constructions of black womanhood from the nineteenth century to the present through readings of texts by and about black women. In this course, students will trace how black womanhood became central to uplift ideology and the making and sustaining of black communities in the post-Reconstruction, Harlem Renaissance, and Black Power eras. We will read works across a broad historical spectrum to identify the ways different writers wrestle with race and gender using literary tropes, such as the “tragic mulatto,” in different social contexts. We will also engage a range of forms, including an essay (Patricia Hill Collins’s “Mammies, Matriarchs, and Other Controlling Images”), a choreopoem (Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf), and socio-political propaganda (the “Black is Beautiful” movement). This course will end with a consideration of the way writer and producer Issa Rae engages with contemporary ideologies of black womanhood in the HBO series Insecure.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 2097
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, four short papers totaling about 20 pages; final project on the hashtag #blackgirlmagic
Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preferences: first- and second-year students, and English majors who have yet to take a Gateway course
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 248 Division II ENGL 248 Division I WGSS 258 Division I
Attributes: ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses

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