"The History that Hurts": Reading Saidiya Hartman|
AMST 319, ENGL 218, FGSS 219|
This course will introduce students to the major works of the black literary theorist and cultural historian Saidiya Valarie Hartman (b. June 25, 1961), who was named a 2019 MacArthur "Genius" Fellow in Literary History and Criticism and American History. After graduating from Wesleyan in 1984, Hartman earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale in 1992; she is currently a professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Students enrolled in this course will read and write about Hartman's trilogy of scholarly monographs: SCENES OF SUBJECTION: TERROR, SLAVERY, AND SELF-MAKING IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICA (Oxford University Press, 1997); LOSE YOUR MOTHER: A JOURNEY ALONG THE ATLANTIC SLAVE ROUTE (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007); and WAYWARD LIVES, BEAUTIFUL EXPERIMENTS: INTIMATE HISTORIES OF RIOTOUS BLACK GIRLS, TROUBLESOME WOMEN, AND QUEER RADICALS (W. W. Norton, 2019). Finally, if her new book project is published before the syllabus is finalized, then students enrolled in this course will also read and write about Hartman's fourth scholarly monograph (tentatively titled "N Folio: An Essay on Narrative and the Archive").
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(AMST)(ENGL)(FGSS)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Saidiya Hartman, SCENES OF SUBJECTION
Saidiya Hartman, LOSE YOUR MOTHER
Saidiya Hartman, WAYWARD LIVES, BEAUTIFUL EXPERIMENTS
|Examinations and Assignments: |
3 Prospectuses (250 words each), 3 Annotated Bibliographies (4 outside sources per bibliography and 50 words per annotation), and 3 Justificatory Essays (2,000 words each, not including notes).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Contributes to fulfillment of ENGL major requirements: AL, LH3, Theory, elective.
|Instructor(s): Bertholf,Garry Times: .M..... 01:20PM-04:10PM; Location: CAAS LOUNG; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 15
|Permission of instructor will be granted during the drop/add period. Students must submit either a ranked or unranked drop/add request for this course.|
|Drop/Add Enrollment Requests|
|Total Submitted Requests: 7||1st Ranked: 1||2nd Ranked: 0||3rd Ranked: 0||4th Ranked: 0||Unranked: 6|