Film & Media Studies 361 - Remixing and Remaking: Adaptation in Contemporary Black Literature

Remixing and Remaking

Aneeka Henderson

TU/TH | 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM

Amherst College
BLST-361-01-2425F, ENGL-276-01-2425F, AMST-361-01-2425F

(Offered as AMST 361, BLST 361, and ENGL 276) Through a close reading of texts by African American authors, we will critically examine literary form and technique alongside the representation of race, gender, sexuality, and class. 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 twentieth-century fiction. Authors will include Toni Morrison, Lorraine Hansberry, Alice Walker, 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. Fall semester. Professor Henderson.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority given to AMST majors; others admitted to balance by class, year, major.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on written work, readings, oral presentations, group work, in-class quizzes or exams, artistic work, field work or trips, visual analysis and aural analysis.

Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.