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Literature and Black Feminism: The Dramas of Black Capital

FGSS 220
Spring 2025
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AFAM 222, ENGL 213
Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate

This class explores Black women's fiction as a mode of critique and intervention into Black Americans' complicated relationships with social and economic capital in the wake of US chattel slavery. How do Black people negotiate the transition from being to owning property? How does the persistence of capital, even in the absence of the system of racial slavery that ushered it into being, continue to shape Black institutional access and Black intramural relations? How are white, Western regimes of value--constructed as they are through the production of racial-sexual difference in dominant habits of thought and representation--contested and, at times, recapitulated in Black social life? How does Black women's literature take up these questions, and what about Black women's literature uniquely equips it to meet this challenge? Ultimately, the course takes seriously Black women's literature as Black feminist thought, exploring how it indicts and imagines beyond the violence of modern racial capitalism.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS FGSS
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(HRAD-MN)
Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%

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