African-American Contemporary Literature After 1965

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Af-Am Contemp Lit After 1965

Spring 2019

Taught By: Rich Blint

Section: A

CRN: 7189

Credits: 4

This course examines the literary activity of African-Americans in the ‘modern’ US. Beginning with the narratives of the enslaved in the nineteenth-century as guide and context, and extending to the literature produced in the urgent atmosphere of the racial emergency of the 1960s, to contemporary manifestations, we will chart the development of this body of literature and mark the dominant concerns that have preoccupied writers over the last half century. We will consider how the Enlightenment notions of freedom and democracy that have compelled American authors for centuries have been engaged, contested and re-interpreted in the narrative productions of African-Americans. Reading novels and short stories, plays, poetry, and non-fiction, we will consider the complex and contradictory presentations of race offered up by writers working in this important American genre. How do questions of authorship and representation, social protest and narrative interiority change when considered in the context of an African-American literary practice? What is the significance of this body of literature for issues of race and nationality, morality and citizenship? At length, the insurgent productivity of the Black Arts Movement, the prolific efforts of black women writers in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as the innovative and experimental works of the new millennium, will be isolated as significant in the establishment and expansion of what we, with some ambivalence and pride might call, an African-American literary tradition. At all times our analysis will remain attuned to the complex inflections of class, race, gender and sexuality.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Literary Studies (LLST)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

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: 12:20pm 5/20/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 1:50pm - 3:30pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 261

Date Range: 1/23/2019 - 5/13/2019