Fall 2016

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

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-242  |  English, as ENGL-259  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-202

Moodle site: Course

Faculty

Aneeka A. Henderson (Section 01)

Description

(Offered as SWAG 202, BLST 242 [US], and ENGL 259.) Why do love and courtship continue to be central concerns in black women's literature and contemporary black popular fiction? Are these thematic issues representative of apolitical yearnings or an allegory for political subjectivity? Drawing on a wide range of texts, we will examine the chasm between the "popular" and the literary, as we uncover how representations of love and courtship vary in both genres. 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 black women and love and connect them to black women's literature and black feminist literary theory. Authors covered will range from Nella Larsen to Terry McMillan and topics will include gender, race, class, and sexuality.

Limited to 18 students. Open to first-year students with consent of the instructor. Fall semester. Professor Henderson.

If Overenrolled: First preference to students who are registered and attend the first class.

Cost: 36 ?

Keywords

Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Writing

Offerings

2017-18: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2016