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Spring 2017-2018
* ENG 391B / URB 391 / ARC 200   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Experimenting in Dark Times: 19th C African American Literature and Culture

V. Mitch McEwen
Autumn M. Womack

This interdisciplinary course explores the intersecting worlds of late 19th century African American literature, technology, aesthetics, and politics. Although this period is commonly theorized as the "Nadir," or "dark point," of Black life, it was in fact a moment of artistic and social experimentation, as black artists and intellectuals traversed a range of media to imagine new futures. We will investigate this overlooked cultural moment and develop an understanding of black experimental writing's roots. In design studio, students will design historically experimental urban projects around the text's investigated in the weekly seminar.

Sample reading list:
W.E.B. DuBois, The Quest of the Silver Fleece
Sutton Griggs, Imperium in Imperio
Pauline Hopkins, Of One Blood; or The Hidden Self
Ida B. Wells, A Red Record
W.E.B. DuBois, The Philadelphia Negro

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will have a choice to pursue their work through critical writing or a design project. Paper or final design review in lieu (50%); Oral Presentation (20%); 3 short response papers (30%).

Requirements/Grading:
Other Exam - 50%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%

Other information:
This course is co-taught in the English department and the School of Architecture. Students who complete ENG 391B will satisfy the ARC 205 requirement for the Urban Studies Certificate in the Class of 2021.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43751 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   McCosh Hall   34   Enrolled:1 Limit:8
43752 U01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Architecture Building   N106   Enrolled:1 Limit:15