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Spring 2012-2013
* ENG 382 / AAS 383 (LA)   No Pass/D/Fail

Contemporary African American Literature and Culture: Identity, Inquiry, and Instability

Douglas A. Jones

This course explores affective, existential, and speculative formations of blackness in the early twenty-first century U.S. Using a wide array of literary and cultural texts produced within the past 7 years--ranging from novels to web series and poetry to the so-called "New R & B" -- we will consider how contemporary artists, writers, and critics both reflect and create spaces of feeling, experience, and knowing through, alongside, and against dominant racial paradigms. Throughout the semester, we will interrogate the very meaning and viability of the phrase "Contemporary African American Literature and Culture."

Sample reading list:
Kenneth Warren, What Was African American Literature?
Teju Cole, Open City
Drake, The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, and other artists, Take Care, Mixtapes, channel ORANGE, etc.
Evie Shockley, The New Black
Tracy K. Smith, Life on Mars
Harry J. Elam and Douglas A. Jones, The Methuen Drama Book of Post-Black Plays

Reading/Writing assignments:
100-175 pages of reading per week. Class Presentation and Discussion Leader; 5 Critical Review Essays of 2-3 pages; 1 Final Paper of 12-15 pages.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
Distribution Requirement: Diaspora

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42666 S01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   McCosh Hall   48   Enrolled:14 Limit:20