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

Spring 2006

E 379S • Senior Seminar

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33905 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
PAR 204

Course Description

E 376M (Topic: 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

Seminar paper (10-12 pages; typed, ds) 40%
A Reading Notebook (15 pages minimum; typed, ds; see separate instruction sheet) 30%
Student presentations (TBA)/Reading quizzes/class participation 30%

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.

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.


The Bluest Eye, Beloved, Sula, Jazz, Song of Solomon, Paradise, Tar Baby

Course Packet

Audio-Visual Aids (PCL Reserve): Toni Morrison with Bill Moyers, Jazz and the Harlem Renaissance, Imitation of Life (Excerpts), Toni Morrison on Oprah Winfrey (Song of Solomon), Toni Morrison on Beloved, Toni Morrison reads from Paradise


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