English 250

Research Seminar: Death and Reproduction in 20th-Century African-American Fiction

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2006 JanMohamed, Abdul R.
JanMohamed, Abdul
M 3-6 202 Wheeler

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Primary texts will be chosen from among Passing, The Long Dream, The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Bluest Eye, Beloved, A Lesson Before Dying, Corregidora, Dessa Rose, These Bones Are Not My Child, Kindred, and others.


Having recently completed a study of a paradigmatic instance of the production of the death-bound-subject in African-American literature, I am currently exploring the reproduction of that subject. Thus this course will focus predominantly on black feminist fiction that addresses what Marxists have described as the problematics of the �reproduction of the relations of production,� or, more specifically, the reproduction of the death-bound-subject from one generation to the next. The course will privilege a series of texts preoccupied by the aporetic implications of giving birth to death-bound subjects. Methodological emphasis in the course will be on the relevant aspects of Marxian, feminist, and psychoanalytic theories.

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