Spring 2022 Women Writers of Africa and the African Diaspora
Black Studies, as BLST-203 | English, as ENGL-216 | Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-203
Formerly listed as: BLST-27
Course (Login required) Faculty Carol Y. Bailey (Section 01) Description
(Offered as BLST 203 [D], ENGL 216, and SWAG 203) The term “Women Writers” suggests, and perhaps assumes, a particular category. How useful is this term in describing the writers we tend to include under the frame? And further, how useful are the designations "African" and "African Diaspora"? We will begin by critically examining these central questions, and revisit them frequently as we read specific texts and the body of works included in this course. Our readings comprise a range of literary and scholarly works by canonical and more recent female writers from Africa, the Caribbean, and continental America. Framed primarily by Postcolonial Criticism, our explorations will center on how writers treat historical and contemporary issues specifically connected to women’s experiences, as well as other issues, such as globalization, modernity, and sexuality. We will consider the continuities and points of departure between writers, periods, and regions, and explore the significance of the writers’ stylistic choices. Here our emphasis will be on how writers appropriate vernacular and conventional modes of writing.
Limited to 18 students. Spring semester. Visiting Prof. C. Bailey.
Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: N/A Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.
If Overenrolled: Preference given to undeclared sophomores and all English majors. Textbooks
Below are the textbooks used in this course, along with pricing information and availability at local bookstores. The price range shown is based upon queries to multiple online booksellers; click on the the price field to see detailed pricing information.
This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.
ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
9780307455925 Americanah Anchor Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi Amherst Books From $5.00-$20.43
9780582642737 Our Sister Killjoy (Drumbeats) Prentice Hall Press Aidoo, Ama Ata Amherst Books From $22.19-$22.68
9781569472187 The Butterfly's Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States Soho Press Danticat, Edwidge Amherst Books From $5.94-$25.33
9780141987842 Wade In The Water Penguin Books Smith, Tracy Amherst Books From $6.65-$17.07
9780203844700 Transnational Negotiations In Caribbean Diasporic Literature: Remitting The Text Routledge Page, Kezia Ann. Amherst Books From $119.48-$148.26
9780253353375 New African Diaspora Indiana University Press Okpewho - Isidore (EDT); Nzegwu - Nkiru (EDT) Amherst Books From $61.07-$82.40
9780307388636 Playing in the Dark Vintage Morrison, Toni Amherst Books TBD
9780307740922 God Help the Child (Vintage International) Vintage Morrison, Toni Amherst Books From $5.06-$19.51
9780316310666 The Chosen One: A First-Generation Ivy League Odyssey Christy Ottaviano Books Brown, Echo Amherst Books From $6.44-$21.98
9780415817431 Diasporic Women's Writing of the Black Atlantic: (En)Gendering Literature and Performance (Routledge Research in Atlantic Studies) Routledge Duran-Almarza, Emilia & Esther Alvarez-Lopez Amherst Books From $128.30-$226.67
9780525563051 Everything Inside: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries) Vintage Danticat, Edwidge Amherst Books From $4.84-$23.50
9780802156983 Girl, Woman, Other: A Novel (Booker Prize Winner) Grove Press, Black Cat Evaristo, Bernardine Amherst Books From $4.79-$24.50
9780812998481 Behold the Dreamers: A Novel Random House Mbue, Imbolo Amherst Books From $4.79-$31.15
9780822359098 The Repeating Body: Slavery's Visual Resonance in the Contemporary Duke University Press Books Brown, Kimberly Juanita Amherst Books From $76.69-$99.45
9781138783195 The Routledge Diaspora Studies Reader (Routledge Literature Readers) Routledge Stierstorfer, Klaus Amherst Books From $150.30-$226.67
9781250756121 The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation Flatiron Books Tubbs, Anna Malaika Amherst Books From $9.13-$14.97
9781315766355 The Routledge Companion To The Environmental Humanities Taylor & Francis Group Ursula K. Heise - Jon Christensen - Michelle Niemann Amherst Books TBD
9781503941175 Halsey Street Little A Coster, Naima Amherst Books From $4.54-$19.58
9781555978396 The White Card: A Play Graywolf Press Rankine, Claudia Amherst Books From $5.98-$19.51
9781559365000 Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) Theatre Communications Group Parks, Suzan-Lori Amherst Books From $4.56-$20.94
9781592212422 Meeting Points in Black/Africana Women's Literature Africa World Presss, Inc. Helen O. Chukwuma & Preselfannie E.Whitfield McDaniels Amherst Books From $38.89
9781617757518 A Tall History of Sugar Akashic Books Forbes, Curdella Amherst Books From $4.24-$50.98
9781631491764 Here Comes the Sun: A Novel Liveright Dennis-Benn, Nicole Amherst Books From $4.24-$32.60
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