Race and American Literature

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Race and American Literature
Spring 2023
Taught By: Rich Blint
Section: A

CRN: 13427

Credits: 4

James Baldwin was one of 20th-century America's most exacting writers and critics. He probed, with forensic insight, bracing vulnerability, sly wit, and unsurpassed lyricism, this country's inability to face up to its brutal history and near pathological preoccupation with race. A black gay man of enormous celebrity (with complex reservations and understandings about both categories), Baldwin implored his readers—black or white, straight or not—to confront the meanings, instabilities, and manufactured character of these identity markers, and consider the possibility that "any real change implies the break-up of the world as one has always known it, the loss of all that gave one an identity, the end of safety." Now, his incisive interrogations of the moral history of this country are newly and urgently relevant. This class will consider Baldwin's body of work—not just in relation to his own time, but to our troubling climate of renewed crisis and revanchist politics—and place it in dialogue with a broad range of classic and cutting-edge literary practitioners such as Toni Morrison, Richard Wright, Norman Mailer, William Faulkner, Toni Cade Bambara, June Jordan, Fran Lebowitz, Hilton Als, Colm Tóibín, among others.

Permission of the instructor will be required to register for this course after the first week of the semester

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 5, 2023 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:08am EDT 9/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Monday, Wednesday
Times: 10:00am - 11:40am
Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave
Room: 617
Date Range: 1/23/2023 - 5/15/2023