Studies in African American Literature
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.