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Spring 2018-2019
* AAS 318 / REL 318 / GSS 375 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Black Women and Spiritual Narrative

Wallace D. Best

This course will analyze the narrative accounts of African American women since the nineteenth century. Working from the hypothesis that religious metaphor and symbolism have figured prominently in black women's writing (& writing about black women) across literary genres, we will explore the various ways black women have used their narratives not only to disclose the intimacies of their religious faith, but also to understand and to critique their social context. We will discuss the themes, institutions, and structures that have traditionally shaped black women's experiences, as well as the theologies black women have developed in response.

Sample reading list:
Joycelyn Moody, Sentimental Confessions
Francis Smith Foster, Written By Herself
Carla L. Peterson, Doers of the Word
Zora Neal Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Toni Morrison, Paradise
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Weekly two-page response papers; book presentation; final essay or personal narrative.

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40295 S01 07:30:00 pm - 10:20:00 pm W   Stanhope Hall   201   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed