Black Feminist Critical Theory|
Fall 2006 not offered
What is black feminist criticism? Must a black feminist be black and a woman? Once all but ignored as historical subjects and cultural producers, black women have become popular sites of critical investigation. Problematizing the very concept of a "black feminist criticism," this seminar surveys and evaluates the critical/theoretical discourse that has developed around black women writers and their work over the past 35 years. Because this course studies the criticism and theory surrounding a particular body of literature, students should not register for this class unless they have read the works of black women writers such as Harper, Hopkins, Hurston, Fauset, Larsen, Lorde, Walker, Marshall, and Morrison.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: [AFAM202 or ENGL240] OR ENGL201
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Abel, FEMALE SUBJECTS IN BLACK AND WHITE
Carby, RECONSTRUCTING WOMANHOOD
Morrison, PLAYING IN THE DARK
Smith, TOWARD A BLACK FEMINIST CRITICISM
Wall, ed., CHANGING OUR OWN WORDS
Selected essays by Barbara Christian, Deborah McDowell, Barbara Johnson, Mary Helen Washington, Hortense Spillers, Claudia Tate, Susan Willis, Henry Louis Gates Jr., and Houston Baker, among others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two short analytical essays, an annotated bibliography, and a longer seminar paper in the form of a review essay.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Weekly discussion questions and individual and group presentations. A recommended reading list of poetry and prose by black women writers will be posted on the Electronic Blackboard for ENGL 318. This course meets the English Department's theory requirement.
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