Power and Privilege in African and African Diasporic Literature

Schools of Public Engagement: Humanities

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Power&Privilege in Afr Lit

Fall 2021

Taught By: Eliza Nichols

Section: A

CRN: 11136

Credits: 3

This course examines how African and African diasporic literary texts are connected to power and privilege. How has literature engaged with social and political power? What is the political potential of literary texts? What are their limits? In other words, how might literature generate, continue, and critique power and privilege? This course examines the complicated relationship between racial, ethnic and national identities. We look at how literature engages with, re-writes, and reflects history. Over the course of the semester we will investigate not only bias and stereotypes but also the strategies of resistance to these dominant views as expressed in the following literary works: Electric Arches by Eve Ewing (USA) Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth by Warsan Shire (UK) So Long a Letter by Mariama Ba (Senegal) Always Rebellious by Georgina Herrera (Cuba) Segu by Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe)

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Humanities (NHUM)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 19

Add/Drop Deadline: September 13, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 21, 2021 (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: 1:56am 5/15/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 8/30/2021 - 12/17/2021