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Black Grammars

ENGL 347
Fall 2023
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AFAM 347
Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate

In her text In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, Christina Sharpe argues that Blackness, due its rearrangement of and resistance to hegemonic modes of meaning making, is "anagrammatical." As a concept, anagrammatical Blackness points to "the failure of words and concepts to hold in and on Black flesh." Taking this provocation as a point of departure, this course will consider the relationship between Blackness and the grammatical, with a particular focus on rhetoric and poetics. Each week will focus on a particular rhetorical figure or grammatical concept: subject, metaphor, metonymy, apostrophe, tense, irony, catachresis, parataxis, etc., considering how Blackness shifts our understandings of their operations. Readings will include Ronald Judy, Barbara Johnson, Jacques Derrida, Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, Fred Moten, and Paul de Man, among others.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

Last Updated on MAR-04-2024
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