Spring 2021 Undergraduate English Courses

358:379 Black Women Writers

01  09286  OWENS  MTH 11:30-12:50

What is black women’s writing? Spanning from the 19th century to the present, this class will explore the creation of a black women’s literary tradition through an overview of fiction, poetry, song, drama, and essays. Over the course of the semester we will study key theoretical questions in black women’s writing, such as identity and double consciousness, resistance and agency, voice and silence, sexuality and gender expression. Taking a transnational approach, we will read work from throughout the African diaspora. We will also investigate the relationship between literature and other art forms, including visual art, music, and film.

Students will attend scheduled zoom discussions and perform asynchronous work.