Spring 2021 Undergraduate English Courses

358:381 Islands, Archipelagoes and Black Women's Literature


Islands, Archipelagoes and Black Women’s Literature

This course examines Black women’s literature and theory that highlights, foregrounds and conceptualizes islands and archipelagos. As Black women, historically and in the contemporary moment, express political, cultural, and spiritual desires beyond empire, the nation-state and liberal democracy, they make embodied and discursive geographical turns to real and imagined islands and archipelagos. Through an exploration of Black women’s essays, poetry, novels and visual culture, the course prompts students to consider what limitations and possibilities Black women locate in those geographies. The course will include texts and cultural objects from Mary Prince, Zora Neale Hurston, Paule Marshall, June Jordan, Dionne Brand, Julie Dash and Carrie Mae Weems.