The Experimental Impulse in Contemporary African American Literature

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Literary Studies

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

The Experimental Impulse

Spring 2020

Taught By: Rich Blint

Section: A

CRN: 7109

Credits: 4

What form does innovation take for a body of literature historically preoccupied with tradition? How can practitioners compelled by experimentation and the speculative compete effectively for critical and imaginative ground among a community of writers tacitly charged with augmenting the Western canon? This course examines recent forays into the domain of the experimental in contemporary African American literature, and considers the ways the literary activity of black people in the nation has always been “edgy” and “racy.” In taking up this tension between tradition and the avant-garde, we will engage the works of Nathaniel Mackey, Fred Moten, Percival Everett, Nourbese Phillips, Paul Beatty, Adrienne Kennedy, Jean Toomer, and Dionne Brand, 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: 18

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

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*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: 4:17pm 12/15/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 2:00pm - 3:40pm

Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th

Room: 260

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