Spring 2014

Black Women's Narratives and Counternarratives: Love and the Family

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-242


Aneeka A. Henderson (Section 01)


(Offered as WAGS 202  and BLST 242 [US].)  Love, courtship, and putting a “ring on it” continue to be a central concern in African American women's literature and contemporary black popular culture.  Do these thematic issues around matrimony signal apolitical yearnings or an allegory for political subjectivity?  In this course we will examine what gender, race, class, and sexuality reveal about the politics of marriage and family.  Surveying the growing discourse in media outlets such as CNN and The Washington Post regarding the "crisis" of the single black woman, students will analyze the contentious public debates regarding love and marriage and connect them to black women's literature, culture, and black feminist literary theory. We will explore love and family through literature, music, film, documentary, and popular fiction.  Authors and texts covered will range from Nella Larsen to Ann Petry and Bessie Smith to Aretha Franklin. Writing Attentive. Expectations include diligent reading, active participation, two writing projects, weekly response papers, a group presentation, and various in-class assignments.

Limited to 20 students.  Open to first-year students with consent of the instructor. Spring semester.  Keiter Fellow and Visiting Professor Henderson.

If Overenrolled: First preference to sophomores and above who have had one WAGS course

Cost: $45.00 ?

WAGS 202 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM CHAP 203
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM CHAP 203


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2016