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Spring 2014 Course Descriptions

English 4750  Studies in African-American Literature: Race, Class & Mass Incarceration

English 4750 Section 001       CRN 31643
Studies in African-American Literature: Race, Class & Mass Incarceration     1700-1815 TR

As African American writers often emphasize, American society has continually found ways to restrain black opportunity and agency -- from the early limitation of slavery to people of African descent, to the institution of “slavery by another name” during the Jim Crow era, to the curtailment of voting rights and the targeted mass incarceration of black men during the current “New Jim Crow” era. And yet, African Americans have long been told the lie that the American Dream of unfettered social mobility has been as readily available to them as anyone else. We will study literature and scholarship that exposes and resists such white supremacist constraints, always with the understanding that the myths about race are inevitably tied to the realities of social class. (Group 2)