Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.
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This subject is not offered in 2011.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 2 |
Total Time Commitment: 120
|Prerequisites:||Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth year honours in English.|
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None|
|Core Participation Requirements:||
For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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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. Besides the texts listed students study essays and stories by Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Zora Neal Hurston, Kate Chopin and Flannery O'Connor. On completion of the subject students will have an appreciation and understanding of the ways that racialist concepts and ideas have influenced American fiction.
Students who complete this subject will:
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. Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of classes in order to qualify to have their written work assessed. All required written work must be submitted in order to pass the subject.
A subject reader will be available.
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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Students who successfully complete this subject will:
English and Theatre
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