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Theorizing the Black Girl in the Long 19th Century
AFAM 305
Spring 2012 not offered
Crosslisting: ENGL 304

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 study 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.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA AFAM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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