Freedom and Democracy in African American Literature

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Revolutionizing Literature

Spring 2020

Taught By: Rich Blint

Section: A

CRN: 7108

Credits: 4

This course isolates freedom and democracy as discrete themes in a large swath of African American and literature and culture. Tracing this quest for liberation from the late 19th century through contemporary manifestations, we will consider the ways in which the emancipatory ethos has become dominant in the literature of a people historically dispossessed. We will examine how modern concerns of freedom, democracy, citizenship, and belonging, take on meaning, and come more clearly into view for Americans precisely through this literature. Ultimately, we will pose the question: Does freedom have any meaning without the sign and specter of its absence, its negation? Authors to be discussed include Toni Morrison, Frederick Douglas, Phyllis Wheatley, James Baldwin, June Jordan, Toni Cade Bambara, Gayl Jones, W.E.B. Dubois, Kiese Laymon, Audre Lorde, Paule Marshall, among others. At all times our analyses will be attuned to the complex inflections of race, class, 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: 19

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

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: 1:26pm 2/16/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 259

Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/11/2020