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Black Women Writers: A Seat at The Table

This course is primarily concerned with the writing of Black women writers, and the material and theoretical impediments they face(d) trying to write themselves and their experiences into being. We will begin our survey by reading some of Phillis Wheatley's poetry, followed by works from Pauline Hopkins, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Walker, and Octavia Butler. In this course we will examine topics such as the intersection of race and gender, genre and its limitations, and writing as a revolutionary act. Assignments will include one close reading, one annotated bibliography, and one final research paper.



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