Spring 2020

Bad Black Women

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-377  |  English, as ENGL-368  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-329

Faculty

Aneeka A. Henderson (Section 01)

Description

(Offered as SWAG 329, BLST 377 [US], and ENGL 368) History has long valorized passive, obedient, and long-suffering African American women alongside assertive male protagonists and savants. This course provides an alternative narrative to this representation by exploring the ways in which African American female characters, writers, and artists have challenged ideals of stoicism and submission. Using an interdisciplinary focus, we will critically examine transgression across time and space in diverse twentieth- and early twenty-first century literary, sonic, and visual texts. Expectations include three writing projects, a group presentation, and various in-class assignments.

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

If Overenrolled: Priority given to students who attend the first day of class.

Keywords

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

Offerings

2019-20: Offered in Spring 2020
Other years: Offered in Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2019