English 100

The Seminar on Criticism: "Atlantic Haunts, Black Possession"

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2022 Ellis, Nadia
MW 5-6:30 Wheeler 305

Book List

Brodber, Erna: Louisiana; Bronte, Charlotte: Jane Eyre; Carby, Hazel: Imperial Intimacies; Hartman, Saidiya: Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments; Morrison, Toni: Beloved; Morrison, Toni: Playing in the Dark; Rhys, Jean: Wide Sargasso Sea; Scott, Dennis: An Echo in the Bone

Other Readings and Media

Films will include Atlantics, dir. Mati Diop; Passing, dir. Rebecca Hall.

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An introduction to black diasporic criticism, this seminar uses various angles of approach toward the notion of the spirit, the haunt, and the possession in order to trace a tradition of black presence English literatures and cultures. We will study fiction, artifacts from the visual and anthropological archive, contemporary poetry, and examples from popular culture--a range of genres that represents the multi-modal techniques of black literary studies. Key interlocuters will include: Toni Morrison, Saidiya Hartman, Christina Sharpe, Roberto Strongman, Omise'eke Natasha Tinsley, and Hazel Carby. Assignments will be geared towards developing a working knowledge of important concepts, debates, and interventions in the field -- and will range from the brief and experimental to a substantial immersion in a key text.


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