Toni Morrison and Language
Taught By: Gabrielle Williams
This course explores the life and work of Toni Morrison (1931-2019), focusing on the author’s deft negotiation of what she terms “the problem of language” in conveying renderings of “indisputably black” life. Incomparable in her writerly capacities, Morrison, never ceased to stretch her intellect and imagination to create language (fiction and non-fiction based) capable of arresting easy conflation of her visions of “indisputably black” life with monolithic, grossly drawn visions of black life that run rampant in the U.S, particularly along lines of ability, class, gender, race, and sex. In our course, we will read a selection of Morrison’s essays and novels, and also view a key documentary about the author, in pursuit of understanding not only Morrison’s wonderfully complex relationship(s) with language, but also the complexities of our own.
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: September 12, 2022 (Monday)
Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)
Seats Available: Yes
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* Status information is updated every few 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: 10:18pm EST 11/30/2022