A special topics course in American/U.S. literature and culture that transcends historical periods.
ENGL 466 Studies in American Literature: Morrison/Faulkner Seminar
Instructor: Nicole Waligora-Davis
English Department Areas of Specialization:
Literature & Literary History
Culture & Social Change
This seminar places in conversation the writings of William Faulkner and Toni Morrison on race, gender, history, and American legal culture. From Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom and Go Down Moses to Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and “The Fisherwoman” our work will carry us from the Haitian Revolution to the American Civil War, from WWI to the early Civil Rights movement, from Dred Scott and Plessy v. Ferguson to Brown v. Board of Education and Virginia vs. Loving, from doll studies and miscegenation to lynching and kangaroo justice. We will track the implications of race and gender on poverty, homelessness, colonialism, segregation, aesthetics, and citizenship and due process. Our readings will include but not be limited to Light in August, As I Lay Dying, Absalom, Absalom!, Intruder in the Dust; Go Down Moses, Sula, Jazz, The Bluest Eye, A Mercy, Home; in addition to related critical theory, contemporary film, photography, and music. Writing and research intensive, this course culminates with a required 15-20 page critical research project.
This course satisfies the English major capstone requirement for English majors matriculating Fall 2013/Spring 2014 - Fall 2018/Spring 2019