Content of the course will vary from quarter to quarter and these courses may be repeated for credit with consent of the chair of the departmental graduate committee.
This course surveys canonical literature by African Americans from the 20th and 21st centuries such as Hurston, Wright, Baldwin, Morrison, Wideman, Wilson, Shange, etc. We'll pay attention to critical, representational, and social concerns like form and structure, gender, community, power, and history.
OPTIONAL, but STRONGLY recommended:
The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism (9780393977783)
African American Literary Theory: A Reader Napier (9780814758106)
KEYWORDS FOR AMERICAN CULTURAL STUDIES (9780814799482)
Jonah's Gourd Vine (9780061350191)
A Mercy (978-0307276766)
Go Tell It On The Mountain (978-0385334570)
A Fire Next Time (9780679744726)
A Testament of Hope (9780060646912)
Gem of the Ocean (978-1559362801)
Joe Turner's Come and Gone (9780452260092)
The Long Dream (978-1555534233)
Maud Martha (978-0883780619)
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide… (9780684843261)
John Edgar Wideman, /all stories are true/, selections
Sharon Bridgforth, /Love/Conjure Blues.