English Syllabus Essay

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St. John’s University Department of English Fall 2014 ENG 1100C (71025) Literature in a Global Context Monday and Thursday 10:40-12:05 MAR 333A Prof. Regina Duthely Email: Prof.ReginaDuthely@gmail.com Office Hours: Thursday 9:30-10:30 or by appointment Our course this semester will explore the afro-diasporic people and global Blackness. Spread throughout the globe, black people represent varied experiences and identities. Our course this semester will ask you to explore these global diasporic experiences and identities. What does Blackness mean across various contexts, places, and spaces? We are going to explore the ways Blackness is framed (or not) in literature and film. Our class is going to decenter monolithic and stereotypical understandings of Blackness. We will also consider the way gender, sexuality, and class impact narratives presented in literature. Everyone should approach the course with an open mind and prepare to expand and consider Blackness on a global scale. Required Texts: Changes: A Love Story by Ama Ata Aidoo ISBN: 978-1558610651 Kindred by Octavia Butler ISBN: 978-0807083697 Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond eds. Bill Campbell and Edward Austin Hall ISBN: 978-0989141147 Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles ed. Thomas Glave ISBN: 978-0822342267 Course Policies and University Resources Attendance and Cell Phone Policy: Regular attendance is vital to your success in the course. You will be completing in class writing assignments, and there will be a lot of class discussion. If you are not there, you cannot participate, and therefore are not an active member of our class community. This will adversely affect your grade. More than 2 absences will reduce your overall course grade. Absences should be saved for emergencies only. If you must miss class you are

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