ENGL 410
Black Literary and Cultural Theories Fall 2016 Division I; Cross-listed as COMP410 / AMST410 / ENGL410 / AFR410
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This course will examine the writings of black twentieth- and twenty-first-century Anglophone and Francophone literary and cultural theorists in the African diaspora. We will begin with Sojourner Truth and W.E.B. Du Bois and end with current debates between the “Afro-Pessimists” and “Afro-Optimists.” We will be reading writers from the United States, Britain, Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe, moving through the writings of the Harlem Renaissance, Négritude, Pan-Africanism, the Black Arts movement and Black Panthers, the Black Atlantic, and black feminism and queer studies. We will come to see that there is no easy separation between questions of politics (e.g., anti-colonialist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist) and those of aesthetics and poetics.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 10
Class#: 1066
Requirements/Evaluation: midterm, participation (attendance, discussions, GLOW posts), short paper (4-5 pp.), two response papers (2-3 pp. papers), final project (10-12 pp.: analytical paper)
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: AMST majors
Distributions: Division I;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST or AFR; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or ENGL
Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives;

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