Spring 2011

Studies in African American Literature

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


Marisa Parham (Section 01)


(Offered as ENGL 66 and BLST 39 [US].) The topic changes each time the course is taught. In spring 2011 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.  Spring semester.  Professor Parham.

If Overenrolled: First priority to English majors, followed by Black Studies majors, followed by class year, in descending order.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2011