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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Fall 2007

WGS 340 • CONTEMP AFR AMER WOMEN'S FICT

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49818 MWF
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
PAR 208
RICHARDSON

Course Description

In this course we will examine the novels, films and poetry of African American women produced from the 1970s to the present. We will focus on issues of memory and its relation to past violence and violations suffered under systems of racism, misogyny and homophobia. How do our memories shape who we are? How do they construct our relationships with other people? What role should individual accounts have in collecting the history of a people? What does trauma have to do with identity formation? In this course, we will use the work of history and psychoanalytic, cultural, queer and feminist theories to assist our exploration of these questions and issues.

DESIGNED TO ACCOMMODATE 35 OR FEWER STUDENTS. COURSE NUMBER MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT WHEN THE TOPICS VARY. WRITING MEMORY AND IDENTITY. WGS 340 AND W S 340 MAY NOT BOTH BE COUNTED UNLESS THE TOPICS VARY. PREREQUISITE: RHE 306 AND E 316K OR THEIR EQUIVALENTS, AND 3 ADDITIONAL SEMESTER HOURS OF LOWER-DIVISION COURSEWORK IN EITHER ENGLISH OR RHETORIC AND WRITING. INCLUDES CROSS-CULTURAL CONTENT. MEETS WITH AFR 374F AND E 376M.

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