Formerly listed as: BLST-27
Carol Y. Bailey (Section 01)
(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.
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.
|The New African Diaspora||Okpewho, Isidore||Amherst Books||TBD|
|The Repeating Body: Slavery's Visual Resonance in the Contemporary||Brown, Kimberly||Amherst Books||TBD|
|The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities||Heise, Ursula||Amherst Books||TBD|
|The Routledge Diaspora Studies Reader||Stierstorfer, Klaus||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Here Comes the sun||Dennis-Benn, Nicole||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Diasporic Women's Writing of the Black Atlantic||Duran-Almarza, Emilia & Esther Alvarez-Lopez||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Girl, Woman, Other||Evaristo, Bernardine||Amherst Books||TBD|
|A Tall History of Sugar||Forbes, Curdella||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Our Sister Killjoy: or Reflections from a black-eyed Squint||Aidoo, Ama||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Americanah||Adichie, Chimamanda||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Meeting Points in Black/Africana Women's Literature||Chukwuma, Helen||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination||Morrison, Toni||Amherst Books||TBD|
|The Butterfly's Way||Danticat, Edwidge||Amherst Books||TBD|
|The White Card: a Play in One Act||Rankine, Claudia||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Father Comes Home from the Wars||Parks, Suzan-Lori||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Transnational Negotiations in Caribbean Diasporic Literature||Page, Kezia||Amherst Books||TBD|
|The Chosen One||Brown, Echo||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Behold the Dreamers||Mbue, Imbolo||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Halsey Street||Coster, Naima||Amherst Books||TBD|
|The Three Mothers||Tubbs, Anna||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Everything inside||Danticat, Edwidge||Amherst Books||TBD|
|Wade in the Water||Smith, Tracy||Amherst Books||TBD|
|God Help the Child||Morrison, Toni||Amherst Books||TBD|
These books are available locally at Amherst Books.