Instructor: Norton                        MWF            10:10 AM – 11:05 AM                    

In this course we will read, discuss, and write about poetry, novels, memoirs, plays, and films written by black women in the United States in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. How do these writers define and articulate their identities in terms of gender, race, geographical location, and class? How do they use their chosen literary forms to redefine the American literary landscape, resist and transcend stereotypical representations of black women, and intervene in cultural debates about freedom, equality, justice and personhood?

We will address these questions to the work of Ann Petry, Zora Neale Hurston, Roxane Gay, Brittney Cooper, Toni Morrison, Edwidge Danticat, Jesmyn Ward, Danielle Evans and others.