ENGL 165
STAGING AMERICAN BLACKNESS Fall 2021
Division I Writing Skills

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American blackness may be theatrical, or it may be the subject of theatrical productions. How performances of blackness may or should be perceived and how or whether they pertain to people defined as African American remain perpetually fraught questions. This course will examine various modes, works and performances that address American blackness, including minstrelsy, novels, plays, stand up comedy, and cinematic works. The authors will include Amiri Baraka, Toni Morrison, August Wilson, Ntozake Shange, Suzan-Lori Parks, Spike Lee, Jordan Peele, and Richard Pryor.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1904
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: The writing assignments will be two short papers of 5 to 7 pages and a final paper of 15 pages. Students will be expected to attend regularly and to participate in class discussions.
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students who have not taken or placed out of a 100-level English course
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
WS Notes: Four essays (ranging in length from 3-6 pages long) in multiple drafts, adding up to 16 pages total. Students will receive from the instructor timely comments on their writing skills, with suggestions for improvement.

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