Fall 2007

Studies in African American Literature

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-39  |  English, as ENGL-66


Marisa Parham (Section 01)


(Also Black Studies 39.) The topic changes each time the course is taught. In fall 2007 the topic will be "The Weary Blues: Mourning in African American Literature and Culture." As a population generally familiar with the facts of living too hard and dying too soon, how have African Americans used their literary and cultural traditions to memorialize-to articulate and often to work through conditions of pain and loss? Using a variety of literary and cultural texts, including RIP murals, poetry, and music, this semester's topic examines the various ways African Americans express and aestheticize loss; how mourning often works as a foundation for militancy; and, most importantly, how loss is often recuperated through ideologies of art, love, and memory. Limited to 20 students. First semester. Professor Parham.