Studies in American Literature: Special Topic
This year: Hurston, Wright, Ellison
A study of selected works by Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, and Ralph Ellison, with a focus on each writer's struggle both to resist the limitations of a Jim Crow literary field and to exploit these in order to secure cultural capital as representative Negro authors at mid-century. Emphasis on the dialectical nature of the rivalry between these variously successful writers, and its effect on their works.
Graduate course in the English program administered by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.