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

Matt Richardson

Associate Professor Ph.D., 2005, African Diaspora Studies and Emphasis in Women's and Gender Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Matt Richardson

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Biography

Matt Richardson is Associate Professor in English and African and African Diaspora Studies. He is affiliated with the Center for African and African American Studies, and the Center for Women's and Gender Studies. He has published articles in The Journal of Women's History, Black Camera: A Journal Devoted to the Study and Documentation of the Black Cinematic ExperienceSexuality Research and Social Policy: Journal of the NSRC and The Journal of Women’s History, as well as works of fiction in publications like Queer Codex and Does Your Mama Know: African American Coming Out Stories. He received the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship National Fellowship for Junior Faculty and the Dean’s Fellowship in 2009.

E 316M • American Literature

35535 • Fall 2014
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm BUR 106
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Instructor:  Richardson, M

Unique #:  35535-35545

Semester:  Fall 2014

Cross-lists:  n/a

Flags:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Completion of at least thirty semester hours of coursework, including E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A, and a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test.

Description: This course is a survey of American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will be paying particular attention to the ways in which classic short stories and plays represent American culture and confront its construction and its myths specifically through portrayals of the family. Work by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Henry James, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Charles Chestnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, Hemingway, Flannery O'Conner, Junot Diaz, Richard Wright, Leslie Marmon Silko, Lorraine Hansberry, and Hisaye Yamamoto will serve as focal points for or our discussions about family, race, culture, identity and sexuality. Our goals are to become familiar with American literary traditions, to develop an interpretative framework with which to read these works, and to understand the particularized historical, gendered and racial context of each.

Requirements & Grading: Quizzes & Discussion Section Participation, 25%; Midterm Exam, 35%; Final Exam, 40%.

 

E F316K • Masterworks Of Lit: American

83130 • Summer 2014
Meets MTWTHF 830am-1000am CLA 1.104
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Instructor:  Richardson, M

Unique #:  83130

Semester:  Summer 2014, first session

Cross-lists:  n/a

Flags:  n/a

Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Completion of at least thirty semester hours of coursework, including E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A, and a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test.

Description: This course is a survey of American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will be paying particular attention to the ways in which classic short stories and plays represent American culture and confront its construction and its myths specifically through portrayals of the family. Work by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Henry James, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Charles Chestnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, Hemingway, Flannery O'Conner, Junot Diaz, Richard Wright, Leslie Marmon Silko, Lorraine Hansberry, and Hisaye Yamamoto will serve as focal points for or our discussions about family, race, culture, identity and sexuality. Our goals are to become familiar with American literary traditions, to develop an interpretative framework with which to read these works, and to understand the particularized historical, gendered and racial context of each.

Requirements & Grading: Quizzes & Discussion Section Participation, 25%; Midterm Exam, 35%; Final Exam, 40%.

E 314V • African American Lit And Cul

35230 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 304
(also listed as AFR 317F )
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Instructor:  Richardson, M

Unique #:  35230

Semester:  Spring 2014

Cross-lists:  AFR 317F

Prerequisites: E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A.

Description: This course will survey some of the foundational texts of African American literature of the mid-to-late 20th Century. Class is a particularly important part of departure for the course material, especially as it relates to race, gender and sexual identity. As this is a writing-intensive course, we will pay particular attention to the style as well as the content of our texts. Considerable attention will be placed on close textual analysis, writing and revising skills. Discussion will also play an integral role in the course.

Texts: Richard Wright, Native Son; James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son; Ann Petry, The Street; Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man; Lorraine Hansberry, Raisin in the Sun; Ntozake Shange, For Colored Girls.

Requirements & Grading: 4 Short 1-pg Essays Based on Questions and Close Readings of Required Texts: 20%; 2 Short 3-pg Essays: 30%; Group Presentation and 4-pg paper: 20%; 8-10-pg Research Paper: 20%; Attendance and Participation: 10%.

E 376M • Contemp Afr Amer Women Fic

36190 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 930am-1100am MEZ 1.216
(also listed as AFR 372E, WGS 340 )
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Instructor:  Richardson, M

Unique #:  36190

Semester:  Spring 2014

Cross-lists:  AFR 374F, WGS 340

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: SPECULATIVE FICTION OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA -- In this course, we will examine the novels and films of women of African descent produced from the 1970s to the present. We will focus on issues of imagination and the creation of spectacular images of the past and the future. This class gives special consideration to how African and African Diasporic spirituality is depicted in film and literature.  In this course, we will use the work of history and psychoanalytic theory, cultural, queer, and feminist theories to assist our exploration of these questions and issues.

Required Texts: Beloved by Toni Morrison; Fledgling and Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler; Erzulie’s Skirt by Ana-Marine Lara; Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson; Course Reader.

Requirements & Grading: 4 Short 1-pg Essays Based on Questions and Close Readings of Required Texts: 30%; 2 Short 3-pg Essays: 30%; 8-10-pg Research Paper; 20%; Attendance and Participation: 20%.

E 376R • Afr Am Lit Thru Harl Renais

35970 • Fall 2013
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm GAR 2.112
(also listed as AFR 372E )
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Instructor:  Richardson, M            Areas:  II / G

Unique #:  35970            Flags:  Cultural diversity, Writing

Semester:  Fall 2013            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  AFR 372E            Computer Instruction:  n/a

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: This course is a survey of major black writers in the context of slavery and its immediate aftermath from the eighteenth century and ending in the beginning of the twentieth century. The eighteenth century saw the inauguration of writing from enslaved Africans in America. Even from a condition of bondage, their work contributes to literary and intellectual debates about the nature and limitations of freedom, personhood and citizenship. We will begin by examining issues of gender and sexuality from the perspectives of slaves and freed people. Throughout the course, we will view films and documentaries that illuminate this period of African American culture and history. We will also examine works by African American authors writing a generation after slavery as they look back to slavery in order to imagine the future of African Americans.

Texts: Henry Bibb: Narrative of the life and adventures of Henry Bib; Olaudah Equiano: The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings; David Walker: Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World; Frederick Douglass: Narrative of the Life; Harriet Jacobs: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl; Frances Ellen Watkins Harper: Iola Leroy; Charles Chesnutt: Marrow of Tradition; Nella Larsen: Quicksand and Passing.

Requirements & Grading: Two Short Papers (4-6 pages each), 40%; Final Paper, 40%; Attendance, 10%; Participation, 10%.

E 389P • Queer Theory

36100 • Fall 2013
Meets MW 900am-1030am CAL 323
(also listed as WGS 393 )
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This course is an introduction to queer theory and queer culture.  We will ask a variety of questions including What is queer theory’s relationship to feminism theory and critical race theory?  To answer these questions, we will examine foundational texts and new scholarship in this emerging field. Topics to be considered will include diaspora theory, transgender theory, kinship, history and archives and queer temporalities. Both theory and culture will be “primary texts”; recent cultural texts and practices in a range of genres will be used as case studies to consider theoretical questions and thus will be integral to the course.  Students will also be encouraged to develop their own research projects and to produce prospective conference papers and articles in the course.

Martin Manalansan, Global Divas:  Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora.  Duke UP, 2003.

Gayatri Gopinath, Impossible Desires:  Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures.  Duke UP, 2005.

Jacqui Alexander, Pedagogies of Crossing.  Duke UP, 2005.

Susan Stryker, Transgender Studies Reader.  Routledge, 2006.  (Available electronically)

Judith Halberstam, In A Queer Time and Place.  NYU P, 2005.

Rod Ferguson, Aberrations in Black:  Toward a Queer of Color Critique.  U of Minnesota P, 2004.

Lee Edelman, No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive.  Duke UP, 2004.

Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, Routledge, 1990.

E 376M • Black Queer Literature & Film

35670 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm PAR 303
(also listed as AFR 372E, WGS 340 )
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Instructor:  Richardson, M            Areas:  V / G

Unique #:  35670            Flags:  Writing

Semester:  Spring 2012            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  AFR 372E; WGS 340            Computer Instruction:  n/a

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: In recent years the term “queer” has emerged as an identity and an analytical framework that focuses on non-normative ways of being. This seminar will combine elements of critical race theory to investigate the particular experiences and cultural production of Black people who are determined to be gender variant and different sexualities. We will analyze written works and films/videos by and about lesbians, bisexual, transgender and gay Black people. Emphasis will be on understanding the historical and theoretical construction of sexual and gender identities and sexual/cultural practices in Black communities. Special attention will be paid to the construction of race, gender and sexual identities in North America, the Caribbean and the United Kingdom.

Required Texts: Audre Lorde, Sister/Outsider; Jackie Kay, Trumpet; Melvin Dixon, Vanishing Rooms; Sharon Bridgforth, Love, Conjure, Blues; Tim’m West, Red Dirt Revival; Films of Marlon Riggs, Isaac Julien and Cheryl Dunye.

Films: Even though these are films and not paper reading material, all films are required texts for the class.

Requirements & Grading: Attendance, 10%; Midterm, 20%; In-class Writing & Participation, 20%; Presentation/Paper, 20%; Final Paper, 30%.

E 376M • Contemp Afr Amer Women's Fict

35675 • Spring 2013
Meets MWF 100pm-200pm MEZ 1.216
(also listed as AFR 374F, WGS 340 )
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Instructor:  Richardson, M            Areas:  III / G

Unique #:  35675            Flags:  Cultural diversity; Writing

Semester:  Spring 2013            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  AFR 374F, WGS 340            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: SPECULATIVE FICTION OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA -- In this course, we will examine the novels and films of women of African descent produced from the 1970s to the present. We will focus on issues of imagination and the creation of spectacular images of the past and the future. Considering the past violence and violations suffered under systems of racism, misogyny, and homophobia, what would a utopia or a dystopia look like? How does collective experiences of trauma influence our visions of utopia? In this course, we will use the work of history and psychoanalytic theory, cultural, queer, and feminist theories to assist our exploration of these questions and issues.

Required Texts: Beloved by Toni Morrison; Fledgling and Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler; Erzulie’s Skirt by Ana-Marine Lara; Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson; Course Reader.

Requirements & Grading: 4 Short 1-pg Essays Based on Questions and Close Readings of Required Texts: 30%; 2 Short 3-pg Essays: 30%; 8-10-pg Research Paper; 20%; Attendance and Participation: 20%.

E 376R • Afr Am Lit Thru Harlem Renais

35670 • Fall 2012
Meets MW 300pm-430pm PAR 303
(also listed as AFR 372E )
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Instructor:  Richardson, M            Areas:  II / G

Unique #:  35670            Flags:  Cultural diversity, Writing

Semester:  Fall 2012            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  AFR 372E            Computer Instruction:  n/a

Only one of the following may be counted: AFR 374 (Topic 2: African American Literature through the Harlem Renaissance), 374F (Topic 1: African American Literature through the Harlem Renaissance), E 376R.

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: The eighteenth century saw the inauguration of writing from enslaved Africans in America. Even from a condition of bondage, their work contributes to literary and intellectual debates about the nature and limitations of freedom, personhood and citizenship. We will begin by examining issues of gender and sexuality from the perspectives of slaves and freed people. We will also examine works by African American authors writing a generation after slavery as they look back to slavery in order to imagine the future of African Americans. This course is a survey of major black writers in the context of slavery and its immediate aftermath from the eighteenth century and ending in the beginning of the twentieth century. Throughout the course, we will view films and documentaries that illuminate this period of African American culture and history.

Texts: Henry Bibb: Narrative of the life and adventures of Henry Bib; Olaudah Equiano: The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings; David Walker: Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World; Frederick Douglass: Narrative of the Life; Harriet Jacobs: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl; Frances Ellen Watkins Harper: Iola Leroy; Charles Chesnutt: Marrow of Tradition; Nella Larsen: Quicksand and Passing.

Requirements & Grading: Two Short Papers (4-6 pages each), 40%; Final Paper, 40%; Attendance, 10%; Participation, 10%.

E 397N • Black Subjectivity

35895 • Fall 2012
Meets MW 100pm-230pm CAL 419
(also listed as AFR 381, WGS 393 )
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The initiation of the trans-Atlantic slave trade created great debate among philosophers, politicians and scientists concerning the question of African humanity. This course examines the historical antecedents to contemporary anti-Black racism. Looking at 18th Century philosophy, 19th Century comparative anatomy, slave narratives and recent scholarship such as critical race theory and psychoanalysis, we will explore the impact of the condition of slavery on the denial of Black subjectivity. As well, we will discuss whether and how Black experiences in the Americas index an incommensurable condition relative to other non-white racialized social groups. Can we locate a deep singularity defining Black experiences, at once connected to but immanently distinct than those of other groups?

E F316K • Masterworks Of Lit: American

83590 • Summer 2012
Meets MTWTHF 1130am-100pm PAR 206
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Instructor:  Richardson, M            Areas:  n/a

Unique #:  83590            Flags:  n/a

Semester:  Summer 2012, first session            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  n/a            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Completion of at least thirty semester hours of coursework, including E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A, and a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test.

Description: This course is a survey of American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will be paying particular attention to the ways in which classic short stories and plays represent American culture and confront its construction and its myths specifically through portrayals of the family. Work by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Henry James, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Charles Chestnutt, Jack London, Theodore Dreiser, Zora Neale Hurston, Hemingway, Flannery O'Conner, Lorraine Hansberry, and Hisaye Yamamoto will serve as focal points for or our discussions about family, race, culture, identity and sexuality. Our goals are to become familiar with American literary traditions, to develop an interpretative framework with which to read these works, and to understand the particularized historical, gendered and racial context of each.

Requirements & Grading: Quizzes & Discussion Section Participation, 25%; Midterm Exam, 35%; Final Exam, 40%.

E S316K • Masterworks Of Lit: American

83820 • Summer 2012
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1130am PAR 204
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Instructor:  Richardson, M            Areas:  n/a

Unique #:  83820            Flags:  n/a

Semester:  Summer 2012, second session            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  n/a            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Completion of at least thirty semester hours of coursework, including E 603A, RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 603A, and a passing score on the reading section of the Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) test.

Description: This course is a survey of American literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will be paying particular attention to the ways in which classic short stories and plays represent American culture and confront its construction and its myths specifically through portrayals of the family. Work by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Henry James, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Charles Chestnutt, Jack London, Theodore Dreiser, Zora Neale Hurston, Hemingway, Flannery O'Conner, Lorraine Hansberry, and Hisaye Yamamoto will serve as focal points for or our discussions about family, race, culture, identity and sexuality. Our goals are to become familiar with American literary traditions, to develop an interpretative framework with which to read these works, and to understand the particularized historical, gendered and racial context of each.

Requirements & Grading: Quizzes & Discussion Section Participation, 25%; Midterm Exam, 35%; Final Exam, 40%.

E 376M • Black Queer Literature & Film

35465 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 101
(also listed as AFR 374F, WGS 340 )
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Instructor:  Richardson, M            Areas:  V / G

Unique #:  35465            Flags:  n/a

Semester:  Spring 2012            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  AFR 374F; WGS 340            Computer Instruction:  n/a

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: In recent years the term “queer” has emerged as an identity and an analytical framework that focuses on non-normative ways of being. This seminar will combine elements of critical race theory to investigate the particular experiences and cultural production of Black people who are determined to be gender variant and different sexualities. We will analyze written works and films/videos by and about lesbians, bisexual, transgender and gay Black people. Emphasis will be on understanding the historical and theoretical construction of sexual and gender identities and sexual/cultural practices in Black communities. Special attention will be paid to the construction of race, gender and sexual identities in North America, the Caribbean and the United Kingdom.

Required Texts: Audre Lorde, Sister/Outsider; Jackie Kay, Trumpet; Melvin Dixon, Vanishing Rooms; Sharon Bridgforth, Love, Conjure, Blues; Tim’m West, Red Dirt Revival; Films of Marlon Riggs, Isaac Julien and Cheryl Dunye.

Films: Even though these are films and not paper reading material, all films are required texts for the class.

Requiremets & Grading: Attendance, 10%; Midterm, 20%; In-class Writing & Participation, 20%; Presentation/Paper, 20%; Final Paper, 30%.

E 376M • Contemp Afr Amer Women's Fict

35470 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm PAR 204
(also listed as AFR 374F, WGS 340 )
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Instructor:  Richardson, M            Areas:  III / G

Unique #:  35470            Flags:  Writing; Cultural Diversity

Semester:  Spring 2012            Restrictions:  n/a

Cross-lists:  AFR 374F, WGS 340            Computer Instruction:  No

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: SPECULATIVE FICTION OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA -- In this course, we will examine the novels and films of women of African descent produced from the 1970s to the present. We will focus on issues of imagination and the creation of spectacular images of the past and the future. Considering the past violence and violations suffered under systems of racism, misogyny, and homophobia, what would a utopia or a dystopia look like? How does collective experiences of trauma influence our visions of utopia? In this course, we will use the work of history and psychoanalytic theory, cultural, queer, and feminist theories to assist our exploration of these questions and issues.

Required Texts: Beloved by Toni Morrison; Fledgling and Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler; Erzulie’s Skirt by Ana-Marine Lara; Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson; Course Reader.

Requirements & Grading: 4 Short 1-pg Essays Based on Questions and Close Readings of Required Texts: 30%; 2 Short 3-pg Essays: 30%; 8-10-pg Research Paper; 20%; Attendance and Participation: 20%.

E 389P • Black Feminist Theory

35615 • Fall 2011
Meets T 500pm-800pm PAR 302
(also listed as AFR 381, WGS 393 )
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Black Feminist Theory

Black feminist theory constitutes a distinctive body of politics and thought, produced primarily by black women scholars, artist and activists, in various parts of the African Diaspora. This is a theory and methodology course. We will analyze black feminisms both as political space and scholarly choice. This framework will enable us to examine the continuities between black feminist theories in diverse locations, as well as to explore how different embodied experiences—including histories, geographies and genealogies-- condition divergent perspectives.Themes explored will include slavery, colonialism, diaspora consciousness, multiple genders and sexualities in Black cultures and communities, and class difference and inequities of power within Black communities;‘ womanism’; global and Third World feminisms; representation in popular culture; poetics and resistance. The class will be conducted using trans-disciplinary perspectives including anthropology, history, sociology, literature and film.  We will challenge notions of “theory” as the province of the West [and North] and the middle-class.  This course finds theory in literature, activism, art, ethnography and everyday life. This course is not meant to be an exhaustive reading list, but merely a starting point from which students can build upon in their annotated bibliographies and their seminar papers.

E S376M • Contemp Afr Amer Women's Fict

83840 • Summer 2011
Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1130am PAR 105
(also listed as AFR S374F, WGS S340 )
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Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

 

Description: SPECULATIVE FICTION OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA -- In this course, we will examine the novels and films of women of African descent produced from the 1970s to the present. We will focus on issues of imagination and the creation of spectacular images of the past and the future. Considering the past violence and violations suffered under systems of racism, misogyny and homophobia, what would a utopia or a dystopia look like? How does collective experiences of trauma effect our visions of utopia? 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.

 

Possible Texts: Beloved by Toni Morrison; Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler; Erzulie’s Skirt by Ana-Marine Lara; Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson.

 

Requirements & Grading: 2 Short 3-pg Essays: 40%; 8-10-pg Research Paper; 30%; Attendance and Participation: 30%.

E 314V • African American Lit And Cul

34860 • Spring 2011
Meets MWF 1000am-1100am PAR 304
(also listed as AFR 317F )
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This course will survey some of the foundational texts of African American literature of the mid-to-late 20th Century. We will consider themes of race, gender, and sexual identity in all material. As this is a writing-intensive course, we will pay particular attention to the style as well as the content of our texts.  Considerable attention will be placed on close textual analysis, writing and revising skills. Discussion will also play an integral role in the course.

E 376M • Contemp Afr Amer Women's Fict

35780 • Spring 2011
Meets MWF 900am-1000am PAR 204
(also listed as AFR 374F, WGS 340 )
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Prerequisites:  Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

Description: SPECULATIVE FICTION OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA --In this course, we will examine the novels and films of women of African descent produced from the 1970s to the present. We will focus on issues of imagination and the creation of spectacular images of the past and the future. Considering the past violence and violations suffered under systems of racism, misogyny and homophobia, what would a utopia or a dystopia look like? How does collective experiences of trauma effect our visions of utopia? 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.

Possible Texts: Beloved by Toni Morrison; Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler; Erzulie’s Skirt by Ana-Marine Lara; Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson.

Requirements & Grading: 4 Short 1-pg Essays Based on Questions and Close Readings of Required Texts: 20%; 2 Short 3-pg Essays: 30%; Group Presentation and 4-pg paper: 20%; 8-10-pg Research Paper; 20%; Attendance and Participation: 10%.

E 376R • Afr Am Lit Thru Harlem Renais

34900 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAR 105
(also listed as AFR 374F )
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Cross-listed with AFR 374

Only one of the following may be counted: AFR 374 (Topic 2: African American Literature through the Harlem Renaissance), E 376R, 376M (Topic 1: African American Literature through the Harlem Renaissance).

Course Description: The eighteenth century saw the inauguration of writing from enslaved Africans in America. Even from a condition of bondage, their work contributes to literary and intellectual debates about the nature and limitations of freedom, personhood and citizenship. We will begin by examining issues of gender and sexuality from the perspectives of slaves and freed people. We will also examine works by African American authors writing a generation after slavery as they look back to slavery in order to imagine the future of African Americans. This course is a survey of major black writers in the context of slavery and its immediate aftermath. Throughout the course, we will view films and documentaries that illuminate this period of African American culture and history.

Texts: Henry Bibb: Narrative of the life and adventures of Henry Bib; Olaudah Equiano: The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings; David Walker: Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World; Frederick Douglass: Narrative of the Life; Harriet Jacobs: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl; Frances Ellen Watkins Harper: Iola Leroy; Charles Chesnutt: Marrow of Tradition; Nella Larsen: Quicksand and Passing.

Grading: Two Short Papers (4-6 pages each), 40%; Final Paper, 40%; Attendance, 10%; Participation, 10%.

Prerequisites: Nine semester hours of coursework in English or rhetoric and writing.

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