Black Feminist Literary Theory and Practice

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Course Number



S. Houchins

Course Long Title

Black Feminist Literary Theory and Practice

Cross Listed Courses


This seminar examines literary theories that address the representation and construction of race, gender, and sexuality, particularly, but not exclusively, theories formulated and articulated by Afra-diasporic women such as Spillers, Ogunyemi, Carby, Christian, Cobham, Valerie Smith, Busia, Lubiano, and Davies. Students not only analyze theoretical essays but also use the theories as lenses through which to explore literary productions of women writers of Africa and the African diaspora in Europe and in the Americas, including Philip, Dangarembga, Morrison, Gayl Jones, Head, Condé, Brodber, Brand, Evariston, Zadie Smith and Harriet Wilson. Cross-listed in Africana, English, and gender and sexuality studies. Strongly recommended: at least one literature course.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(Africana: Diaspora), (Africana: Gender), (English: R, E, DL)

INDS Program Relationship

IDAF - AFR Program, IDGS - GSS Program

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Class Restriction

Exclude First Years