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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2010

E 379S • Senior Seminar—The Novels of Toni Morrison-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35170 MWF
12:00 PM-1:00 PM
GAR 0.120

Course Description

E 376M (The Novels of Toni Morrison) may not also be counted This course examines the seven novels of Nobel and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Toni Morrison. The novels thematize womanism as a theory that incorporates race, gender, and culture in experiences uniquely shared by women—particularly women of color—across class and regional boundaries. Part of the positional uniqueness that womanism shares with a predominant feminism surfaces in historicized black/white female relations, particularly those rooted in slavery. Collectively, Morrison's characters confront a wide range of challenging crises: infanticide, male-female relations, family, socio-economical, cultural survival, etc. Morrison's novels are a gloss on the African-American literary tradition, deeply rooted in the American literary tradition.

Grading Policy

.40 Seminar paper (10-12 pages; typed, ds); .30 A Reading Notebook (15 pages minimum; typed, ds; see separate instruction sheet); .30 Presentations (TBA)/Reading quizzes/class participation. ATTENDANCE: Regular attendance is required. More than four absences will be sufficient grounds for failure in the course. The four allowed absences will include illness, deaths of relatives, and other emergencies. Upon your fifth absence, you will be notified of your failure in the course, and you need not return to class. If you are more than five minues late or leave before class ends (without permission), you will be counted absent for that class. You are responsible for all work covered in your absence. PAPERS: Papers are due at the beginning of class on the date assigned. Late papers will not be accepted. Type papers on white, 8.5" x 11" paper, using one side only. Bind pages with a paper clip. Read all material assigned before class time. Participation in class discussion is required. GRADING SCALE: A 95; A- 92; B+ 88; B 85; B- 82; C+ 78; C 75; C- 72; D+ 68; D 65; D- 62; F (0-60)


Texts: The Bluest Eye, 1970; Sula, 1973; Song of Solomon, 1977; Tar Baby, 1981; Beloved, 1987; Jazz, 1992; Paradise, 1998; COURSE PACK (purchase at Speedway; Dobie) Audio-Visual Aids (PCL Reserve): Toni Morrison with Bill Moyers; Imitation of Life (Excerpts); Toni Morrison on Beloved; Jazz and the Harlem Renaissance; Toni Morrison on Oprah Winfrey (Song of Solomon); Toni Morrison, readings from Paradise


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