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Fall 2016-2017
* AAS 327 / ENG 379 / GSS 368 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

20th Century Master - Lorraine Hansberry

Imani Perry

This special topics course will focus on artists and intellectuals whose corpus reflects and illuminates 20th century African American life. Lorraine Hansberry, the first African American female playwright to have a play open on Broadway, explored a series of critical themes in her work, including: race, migration, colonialism, gender and social class. In addition to having a distinguished career as a playwright, Hansberry was an activist and advocate for gender and racial justice. Students will study her published and unpublished plays, essays and poetry, as well as relevant social and cultural history and literary criticism.

Sample reading list:
Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
Lorraine Hansberry, Le Blancs
Lorraine Hansberry, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window
Lorraine Hansberry, To Be Young Gifted and Black
Mary Helen Washington, The Other Blacklist
Darlene Clark Hine, The Black Chicago Renaissance

Reading/Writing assignments:
Midterm paper: 5-7pp (30%). Paper in lieu of final exam: (6-8pp) 30%. Oral presentation: (25%). Class attendance and regular participation are required and are worth 15% of the final grade

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 30%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23131 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Stanhope Hall   201   Enrolled:7 Limit:20