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21W.742J / SP.575J / WGS.575J Writing About Race, Spring 2007

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Show simple item record Faery, Rebecca Blevins en_US
dc.coverage.temporal Spring 2007 en_US 2007-06
dc.identifier 21W.742J-Spring2007
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dc.identifier local: SP.575J
dc.identifier local: WGS.575J
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dc.description.abstract In The Souls of Black Folk (1903), the great cultural critic W. E. B. Du Bois wrote that "...the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line." A century after Du Bois penned those words, most Americans would agree that at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the color line remains one of our most pressing social issues. In this course, we will explore the terrain of race in America by reading the works of writers of color and others concerned with the issue of race, by viewing films that address racial issues, and by writing to explore how the fictions and facts of race condition all our lives, social and civic, private and public. We will consider the complex question of racial identity, test the givens of history by uncovering histories that have been more elusive or more thoroughly suppressed, and explore how writing and reading can both reflect and challenge racial categories, hierarchies, and perceptions. We will read the work of such writers as Suzan-Lori Parks, Toni Morrison, Sandra Cisneros, James Baldwin, Louise Erdrich, Amy Tan, Chang-Rae Lee, Jhumpa Lahiri, and William Faulkner, among others, as we consider the story of race in its peculiarly American dimensions. We will also view films such as Skins, The Long Walk Home, and Crash. Both the reading and the writing of members of the class will be the focus of class discussion and workshops. Students explore race and ethnicity in personal essays, pieces of cultural criticism or analysis, or (with permission of instructor) fiction. en_US
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dc.subject race en_US
dc.subject writing en_US
dc.subject multiracial en_US
dc.subject multi-race en_US
dc.subject mixed-race en_US
dc.subject multiraciality en_US
dc.subject multiple descent en_US
dc.subject hybrid populations en_US
dc.subject mixed ancestry en_US
dc.subject race en_US
dc.subject assimilation en_US
dc.subject integration en_US
dc.subject ethnicity en_US
dc.subject identity en_US
dc.subject self en_US
dc.subject heritage en_US
dc.subject multicultural en_US
dc.subject mixed heritage en_US
dc.subject mulato en_US
dc.subject mestizo en_US
dc.title 21W.742J / SP.575J / WGS.575J Writing About Race, Spring 2007 en_US
dc.title.alternative Writing About Race en_US

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