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Instructor Info:Sonya Donaldson
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
04:00 PM - 05:20 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 5
04:00 PM - 05:20 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 5

This course will introduce students to concepts and constructs of black womanhood from the mid-twentieth century to the contemporary. We will engage literature by Black women to tease out themes of power vis-a-vis sexuality and motherhood, history and geography, environments and spaces, economics and migration. The goal of the course is to think critically about the ways in which issues of power "play" in the novels, poetry, film, and critical works. In this course, students will consider a variety of theoretical "frames," such as Black feminism and womanism, intersectionality and difference, and will develop close-reading skills, learn how to analyze and engage in literary arguments, and further develop their writing skills.

Course Objectives:

In this course, students will develop skills in literary analysis, critical thinking, and analytical writing. Students will develop an understanding of major concepts in critical works; gain knowledge of historical and social contexts of the texts; and articulate those understandings through active and meaningful participation in class discussions and written work. Course exercises and assignments are designed to help students develop an understanding of digital humanities (DH) as well as digital skills; to help students learn to work collaboratively; and to help students develop skills in expression through the design of creative digital projects.

Evaluation Criteria:

To receive an evaluation, students must satisfactorily complete the following:

  • two response papers of 500 words each (and revisions)
  • 3 accepted submissions to the course's Zotero library
  • a collaborative digital project and presentation
  • a final research paper that is a minimum of 12 full pages
  • active and meaningful participation in class discussion; miss no more than 3 classes
Additional Info:

No late assignments are accepted.

Students are allowed three absences without penalty (work must still be submitted if due on the day of absence). Three tardies will constitute one absence. Students who exceed these will not receive an evaluation.