AFR 361
James Baldwin and His Interlocutors Fall 2021
Division II
Cross-listed AFR 361 / ENGL 334

Class Details

This seminar explores the life and writing of James Baldwin. Through an examination of both his fiction and nonfiction, we chart his interrogation and development of ideas surrounding, among other topics, race, courage, love, nation, revolution, and belonging. We also trace his impact on our national consciousness by engaging with authors whose own bodies of work intersect with his. This list includes, among others, Amiri Baraka, Nikki Giovanni, Lorraine Hansberry, Barry Jenkins, Audre Lorde, Norman Mailer, Richard Wright, and Malcolm X.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 1920
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly reading responses, active class participation, three close readings (500 words each), annotated bibliography, class presentation, final paper (13-15 pages)
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: English majors, then sophomores considering the major
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 361 Division II ENGL 334 Division I
Attributes: ENGL Literary Histories C

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