Racism, Law & the Press: Richard Wright's Native Son

Course Number: ENGL 131
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 131AA-ZZ
Quarter: Fall 2019
Day(s): M W
Time: 5:00 PM-6:15 PM
Location: GIRV 2129

ENGL 131:Racism, Law & the Press: Richard Wright’s _Native Son_

In this research-intensive course, we will reconstruct the 1939 murder trial and execution of Robert Nixon, the exhaustive press coverage of which Richard Wright fictionalizes in his novel, _Native Son_ (1940). This legal, journalistic, and literary case study provides an excellent opportunity to analyze representations of race and criminality in American culture.