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Instructor Info:Suzette Spencer
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
06:00 PM - 07:20 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222
06:00 PM - 07:20 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 222
Description: A study of fiction and critical writings by and about black women. We will engage problems of racialized gender, identity, class, race, power, politics, sexuality, narrative voice, and constructions or articulations thereof. Inquiries include: What value has been placed on black women's writing-and more broadly, their lives, labors, loves, and loss. How have black women been historically defined? How have they sought to define themselves in and through their writing? Can black women's writing help us to reconsider contemporary issues on both a national and international scale-in other words, both locally and globally? To what extent do race, class, gender, nationality, sexuality, ethnicity, publication, marketing, and presentation play roles in black women's writing and those who are understood as "black women writers"? How do the writings under scrutiny address other forms of inscription? We will cover slave narratives, critical essays, fiction, non-fiction & films. Requirements: attendance, response papers and posts, and in-class discussion.