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ENGL 559 X - Seminar Afro-American Lit - Chicago and Modern Life Lit

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Course Information: May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One college course devoted entirely to an aspect of American literature or consent of instructor.

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ENGL 559 Graduate Seminar - Chicago and Modern Life Literatures: Chicago, our neighbor to the North, has been and still is one of the most dynamic locations for the history and culture of black life after Emancipation. This course takes a mid twentieth-century snapshot of Chicago to examine how the great migration, labor conflicts, legal disputes over housing, became the rich fodder of black writers. This course takes a close look at the institutions that the black middle class created including, the enterprise of black literature itself as it emerged under different guises of art and performance. How did black writers, with their rigorous engagement with social, economic and political conditions in the US, interrogate Western humanism through Chicago-s urban context- This class- focus on Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, William Attaway, and Lorraine Hansberry-s art will wrestle with how Chicago-s brutal industrial life and racial conflict reveal, despite its promises or

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Spring


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