ENGH 202: Texts and Contexts

ENGH 202-K02: Texts and Contexts
(Fall 2023)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR

Mason Korea (119 Songdomunhwa-ro, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, Korea) G406

Section Information for Fall 2023

ENGH 202: Sexuality and Sexual Identities in African American Literature 

Course Description:  

Sally Hemings, Josephine Baker, Bigger Thomas, Dorothy Dandridge, Willie Horton, RuPaul, Lavern Cox, Lil Nas X, Billy Porter, Jr., Megan Thee Stallion: As this diverse list demonstrates, African Americans’ sexuality/sexual identities have always been at the forefront of American culture.  Such representations have been dizzyingly complex, disturbing, and even celebrated. This course will introduce students to critical study of works by major African American authors, paying careful attention to various physical, historical, social, and psychological issues that inform their representations of sexuality and sexual identities. Authors to be studied include Harriet Jacobs, Zora Neale Hurston, Ann Petry, James Baldwin, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Ernest J. Gaines, Randall Kenan, Essex Hemphill, Lynn Nottage, and Tarell Alvin McCraney. Course requirements will include quizzes, short essays, and midterm/final exams. 

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Studies literary texts within the framework of culture. Examines texts within such categories as history, gender, sexuality, religion, race, class, and nation. Notes: Builds on reading and writing skills taught in ENGH 101. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Literature
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
Recommended Prerequisite: 3 credits of 100-level English.
Schedule Type: Lec/Sem #1, Lec/Sem #2, Lec/Sem #3, Lec/Sem #4, Lec/Sem #5, Lec/Sem #6, Lec/Sem #7, Lec/Sem #8, Lec/Sem #9, Lecture, Sem/Lec #10, Sem/Lec #11, Sem/Lec #12, Sem/Lec #13, Sem/Lec #14, Sem/Lec #15, Sem/Lec #16, Sem/Lec #17, Sem/Lec #18
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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