ENG315 African American Women’s Novels

Fulfills the Multicultural Identity, Pluralism & Tolerance (IP) requirements

Spring 2016
Schedule – TBA
Location –
Instructor – Courtney Thorsson

In this course, we will examine formal strategies and thematic concerns of African American women’s novels from the late 19th century to the present. Using close reading and historical context, we will consider how these novels construct race, class, and gender; the possibilities and limits of the novel form; whether and how these texts engage with Black Nationalism, Civil Rights, Black Power, Feminism, and other political movements; how these novels envision home, community, and nation; and, finally, whether these novels are part of a distinct tradition of African American women’s writing. The goal of this course is to help you engage with African American literature, improving your writing, reading, and critical thinking skills in the process. This class requires substantial reading and writing and vigorous participation.