Spring 2020

Black Feminist Literary Traditions

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-345  |  English, as ENGL-276  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-379  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-208


Aneeka A. Henderson (Section 01)


(Offered as SWAG 208, BLST 345 [US], ENGL 276, and FAMS 379) Through a close reading of texts by African American authors, we will critically examine the characterization of female protagonists, with a specific focus on how writers negotiate literary forms alongside race, gender, sexuality, and class in their work. Coupled with our explication of poems, short stories, novels, and literary criticism, we will explore the stakes of adaptation in visual culture. Students will analyze the film and television adaptations of The Color Purple (1985), The Women of Brewster Place (1989), and Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005). Authors will include Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Gloria Naylor. Expectations include three writing projects, a group presentation, and various in-class assignments.

Limited to 18 students. Priority given to those students who attend the first day of the class. Open to first-year students with consent of the instructor. Spring semester. Professor Henderson.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to SWAGS majors and students who have taken intro SWAGS courses; others admitted to balance by class, year, major.


Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Writing


2020-21: Offered in Fall 2020
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020