This course uses contemporary fiction, literary criticism, and critical legal theory to explore black feminist perspectives. Black feminism is concerned, to a large degree, with mythologies , and the privileging of whiteness and maleness in American society. By reading fiction, students interrogate the ways novelists make black women visible and at the same time respond to misrepresentations of the black female body. By focusing on literary scholarship, students explore the ways that feminist criticism makes literature by black women recognizable and understood. And in students? focus on critical legal theory, students study paradigms that explain the intersections between race, gender, sexual orientation, and class. Authors include Toni Morrison, Patricia J. Williams, Alice Walker, bell hooks, Kimberle Crenshaw, Gayl Jones, Patricia Hill Collins, Octavia Butler, and Trudier Harris.
Prerequisites: AFAM 101 strongly recommended.