Girlhood in African American Literature|
Spring 2009 not offered
This course will explore the visual and literary construction of girlhood in African American newspapers, literature, conduct manuals, and magazines from the early nineteenth century to the late twentieth century. This course is designed to expose students to a broad array of African American texts and visual images that will include Phillis Wheatley's frontispiece, advertisements and articles from the early black press, book covers and images in select nineteenth-century novels, sketches and photographs from early black conduct books and art from Kara Walker's NARRATIVES OF A NEGRESS. The assigned texts span more than two centuries of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that we will examine to consider the important cultural work that representations of girlhood performed in the fight for citizenship and legitimacy throughout African American literary history. The figure of the girl will operate as a lens through which we will investigate and interrogate ideologies of race, gender, sexuality, class, culture, nation and diaspora represented in major literary texts published during these two centuries.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Course packet of assigned readings to be bought at PIP printing 179 Main St.
Harriet Wilson, Our Nig (1859)
Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861)
Frances Harper, Trial and Triumph (1888-1889) Amelia A.E. Johnson Clarence and Corinne; or, God's Way (1890)
E. Azalia Hackley The Colored Girl Beautiful(1916)
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The course will consist of a presentation in which the student leads class discussion, one short response paper (5 pages) and a longer research paper of 20 pages.
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