Theorizing the Black Girl in the Long 19th Century|
Spring 2011 not offered
This course examines the figure of the girl as a political tool in African Americans' fight for full citizenship rights pre- and post-emancipation. Students will read canonical and rarely read 19th-century texts that include articles from the early black press, autobiographies, short stories, speeches, novels, conduct books, and visual images that feature representations of the black girl as a model for achieving cultural legitimacy. In mining this rich archive of early African American texts, this course seeks to challenge the longstanding argument that racial discourse has figured black citizenship and racial progress as masculine from the early 19th-century onward. Students will develop a deeper understanding of 19th-century African American literature and will discover the joys found in archival research when using the special collections to develop final research projects.
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Required Course Packet of Xeroxed Material at PIP Printing, 179 Main St. (860-344-9001).
Douglass, Frederick. THE HEROIC SLAVE (1852)
Wilson, Harriet. OUR NIG (1859)
Jacobs, Harriet. INCIDENTS IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE GIRL (1861)
Harper, Frances E.W. TRIAL AND TRIUMPH (1888-1889)
Johnson, Amelia A.E. CLARENCE AND CORINNE; OR GOD'S WAY (1890)
Hackley, E. Azalia. THE COLORED GIRL BEAUTIFUL (1916)
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Active class participation, each student will give an oral presentation to frame class discussion, short response papers, and one longer paper.
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