The Trouble with Difference: Race and Gender in American Literature and Culture

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Race & Gender in American Lit

Fall 2020

Taught By: Rich Blint

Section: A

CRN: 8954

Credits: 4

This course examines the necessity for the circulation of fictive but dominant conceptions of racial, gendered and other types of social difference in our national literature and culture. During our brief time together, we will consider the manner in which particular representations of “difference” from the middle of the nineteenth century to instances of contemporary mass culture, have been crucial to giving form and structure to white ruling authority in the US, and remain indispensable to the maintenance of this power. From Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly, to the corpus of William Faulkner, as well as the work of Zadie Smith, and the performances of Lizzo, among others, we will review the function in the US context of the racial and gendered characters that promise redemption, comic relief, and national innocence. Reading novels, short stories, as well as critical essays, we will also screen films, comedic sketches, and other relevant material, as we attempt to uncover the trouble with “difference” in American literature and culture.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: Online (DL)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 21

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 1:45pm 12/1/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 8/31/2020 - 12/16/2020