Fall 2022 Undergraduate English Courses

358:373 Black Novel

01  CAC   MW5   07915   DYE  SC-216

This course studies the thematic and structural development of the black novel as a vehicle for social and political change over the twentieth century. Considering novels written by Black writers in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Africa, we will discuss the formal elements of Black novels and uncover the thematic connections among various long works of fictional prose. We will also discuss how Black writers deconstruct the novel form to articulate political desires for decolonization and social justice. Works will include Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Richard Wright’s Native Son, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, June Jordan’s His Own Where, Earl Lovelace’s The Wine of Astonishment, Paule Marshall’s Praisesong for the Widow, Colson Whitehead’s The Intuitionist, and Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus. Requirements will include two essays, a group project, and three shorter assignments.