EN 482 African American Writers (Fall: 3)

Cross Listed with BK410
Satisfies Cultural Diversity Core Requirement
Cross Listed with BK 410

This course considers African American literature in the 20th and 21st centuries. While it is not an exhaustive survey, we will consider some canonical novels. In particular, we will be concerned with several themes including: slavery and its afterlives; urban life and multi-racial and multi-ethnic identity; the multiple ways that race, gender and sexuality are experienced. Special attention will be paid to exploding narrow definitions of identity as well as the various intra and inter-communal conflicts that arise when such narrow definitions are violated or ignored. Authors considered include Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Danzy Senna, and Junot Diaz.
Cynthia Young

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