Readings in Critical Race and Post-Colonial Studies (Post-1800)

L648 — Spring 2017

Stephanie Li
Woodburn Hall 205
Days and Times
11:15a-12:30p MW
Course Description

From 2000 to 2010 more black Africans came to America than were brought to all of North America during the three centuries of the slave trade. This massive influx has profound implications for what blackness means in the United States and how we understand the African American literary canon. Does a common racial identity lead to a common literary tradition? Or do the differences that mark these two populations suggest the need for a new way of conceptualizing blackness? This course aims to explore the African American literary canon through a comparative understanding of the experiences offered by this new wave of immigrants. We will read key African American literary texts alongside novels by writers such as Teju Cole, Dinaw Mengestu and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as a way to explore the changing nature of blackness in the 21st century.

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