Black Aesthetics

Course Number: ENGL 197
Prerequisites: Check on GOLD
Advisory Enrollment Information: This course cannot be repeated and is limited to upper-division English majors only.
General Education Areas Fulfilled: Check on GOLD
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 197
Quarter: Spring 2020
Instructor: Blake, Felice
Day(s): MW
Time: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Location: SH 2714

This seminar examines critical and creative writings about Black aesthetics. We will explore theories about the relationship between race, writing, and representation. How have Black writers defined the uniqueness of Black aesthetic practices? What is the relationship between Black aesthetics and Black liberation struggles? How do Black aesthetics imagine new conceptions of humanity? Authors include (but are not limited to) Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Sylvia Wynter, Fred Moten, Gwendolyn Brooks, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Toni Morrison, and James Baldwin.