Black Feminist Lit Trad

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2019
Subject Name: 
English
Course Number: 
276
Institution: 
Amherst College

(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.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
SWAG-208-01,FAMS-379-01,ENGL-276-01,BLST-345-01
Schedule #: 
ENGL-276-01-1819S

Course Sections

Black Feminist Lit Trad
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Aneeka Henderson ahenderson@amherst.edu MW 12:30PM-01:50PM SCCE C101