Fall 2021

Remixing and Remaking: Adaptation in Contemporary Black Literature

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-361  |  Black Studies, as BLST-361  |  English, as ENGL-276  |  Film and Media Studies, as FAMS-361

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Aneeka A. Henderson (Section 01)


(Offered as AMST 361, BLST 361, and ENGL 276) Through a close reading of texts by African American authors, we will critically examine literary form and technique alongside the representation of race, gender, sexuality, and class. Coupled with our explication of poems, short stories, novels, and literary criticism, we will explore the stakes of adaptation in visual culture. Students will analyze the film and television adaptations of twentieth-century fiction. Authors will include Toni Morrison, Lorraine Hansberry, Alice Walker, and Gloria Naylor. Expectations include three writing projects, a group presentation, and various in-class assignments.

Limited to 18 students. Priority given to those students who attend the first day of the class. Open to first-year students with consent of the instructor. Fall semester. Professor Henderson.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to AMST majors; others admitted to balance by class, year, major.


Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Fall 2021