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Girlfriend, Sister, Self: 20th-c. Black Women's Writing

AFAM 244
Fall 2024
Section: 01  
Course Cluster and Certificates: Queer Studies

This course will examine textual and visual constructions of the girlfriend, sister, cousin, and daughter in 20th-century black women's writing. We will read works by Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Veronica Chambers, and Marita Golden as narratives of women loving women (sexually and not) and as sites through which to engage black women's subjectivity more generally. In this course we will attend to the interior landscapes of individual black female subjects as well as the social landscapes that produce and/or complicate notions of love, kinship, friendship, and self. We will draw on African American literary theory, queer and affect theory, and black cultural memory as well as turn to influential works by bell hooks, Deborah McDowell, Kevin Quashie, and Valerie Smith, among others. How do writers of the period imagine and articulate the relationship between black women and their others?
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AFAM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

Last Updated on JUL-18-2024
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