Fall 2013

Toomer, Faulkner, and Morrison

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-442  |  English, as ENGL-454

Formerly listed as: BLST-56  |  ENGL-95


Marisa Parham (Section 01)


(Offered as ENGL 454 and BLST 442.)  William Faulkner and Toni Morrison are generally understood as two of the most important writers of the twentieth century.  In a country that works hard to live without a racial past, both authors have brought deep articulation to what it means to experience that which is often otherwise ignored and regardless unspoken. This semester we will explore several key novels from each author’s oeuvre, looking for where their texts converge and diverge.  We will also spend time with Jean Toomer–-a modernist writer critical to understanding what might be at stake in Faulkner and Morrison’s writerly manipulations of time, space, place, and memory–-and with several philosophical texts that will help us to conceptualize what it means to “know” something like race or to “understand” history.

Open to juniors and seniors.  Limited to 15 students.  Fall semester.  Professor Parham.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to senior and junior English majors.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2009, Spring 2011, Fall 2013, Fall 2016