LLSL

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20th Century African American Women Writers

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

20th Cent Af Am Women Writers

Fall 2019

Taught By: Rich Blint

Section: A

CRN: 7231

Credits: 4

This course centers the literary activity of black women writers throughout the 20th century. It announces this subject position as neither marginalized nor diminished, and isolates black women’s literary production as some of the primary ground of American creative expression in the aftermath of an intensely qualified emancipation in the late 19th century. We will consider the critical interventions of writers throughout the century as the black population engaged in mass migration, confronted routinized state violence in the Age of Jim Crow and the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s—as well as negotiated the myth of progress in a country characterized by ongoing dispossession. Some of the short stories, novels, plays, and other material to be considered include work by: Gwendolyn Brooks, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Lorraine Hansberry, Jamaica Kincaid, Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde, Zadie Smith, June Jordan, Michelle Cliff, among others. At all times our analyses will remained attuned to the complex inflections of race, gender, class, and sexuality.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 19

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five 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: 11:57am 8/25/2019