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James Baldwin: In Black and White
ENGL 318
Spring 2011 not offered

Since James Baldwin's death in 1986, his novels, essays, film scripts, short stories, plays, speeches, and so on, have not been given the crtiical attention they deserve. That Baldwin was able to work in so many different forms generally has confused his critics. Was he a Jack-of-all-trades, or a master of some? In this course, we'll cover a wide range of the author's work. As we do so, we'll explore a variety of forms ourselves, producing, over the course of the semester, an essay, a piece of short fiction, a short play or screenplay, and a memoir. While Baldwin's work is the inspiration or jumping-off point for the work we'll do in class, it is not to be imitated. As this resolutely queer black artist showed us time and again, the effort involved in making art is ultimately about becoming a self: the artist as individual.

Essential Capabilities: Interpretation, Writing
Students will produce several pieces of written material over the course of the semester including an essay, short fiction, short play or screenplay, and memoir. Students will also read and interpret not only Baldwin's work but the work of each other.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

Last Updated on APR-16-2024
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