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This subject is not offered in 2008.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week |
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|Prerequisites:||Usually admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth year honours in English.|
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|Subject Overview:|| |
In this subject students study the ways in which American writing of both the 19th and the 20th centuries has been both haunted and preoccupied by the black presence. Focusing on a range of canonical literary texts and critical articles that relate literary and artistic concerns to sociological and political developments, we will study the way that concepts of race, and in particular the subjects of slavery and the colour line have been approached by both black and white writers. But we will also examine what writers have had to say about the role of heredity, race mixing and miscegenation on the nation's health and prosperity, and on African Americans' ability to achieve equality and freedom. Finally, we will look to see how in these texts categories like gender, class, and sexuality intersect with notions of blackness. On completion of the subject students will have an appreciation and understanding of the ways that racialist concepts and ideas have influenced American fiction.
|Assessment:||One essay of 5000 words 100% (due at the end of the semester). All students will be required to give a class presentation in order to submit work for assessment.|
|Prescribed Texts:||A subject reader will be available from the University Bookshop.The Souls of Black Folk (W E B Du Bois), Bantum Invisible Man (R Ellison), Penguin Passing (N Larsen), Modern Library Benito Cereno and Billy Budd (H Melville), Powells Books The Complete Short Stories (F O'Connor), Faber and Faber The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym (E A Poe), Penguin Pudd'nhead Wilson and the Extraordinary Twins (M Twain), Penguin Ethan Frome and Summer (E Wharton), Houghton Mifflin Race Men; the WEB Dubois Lectures (Recommended Texts: Hazel Carby), Cambridge: Harvard UP 1998 Eugenics in American Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance (K Daylanne English), U of North Carolina Press, 2004|
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
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Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (English Language) |
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (English Literature)
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