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ENGL 13186-5: Black Diaspora Women Writers on Home
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Instructor: Z’etoile ImmaThis University Seminar will focus on an extended reading of Black Diaspora women’s writing in English, across time and space. In the complex body of work that is Black Diaspora women’s literature, the idea of “home” is wrought with ambivalences and contradictions. It could be argued that for Black Diaspora women writers “home” is an especially contested site and writing a primary vehicle for negotiating and troubling hegemonic ideologies of gender, identity, labor, reproduction, sexuality, and belonging that are often sutured to home. In this course, we will focus on texts by Black women whose experiences and radical epistemologies powerfully shaped, and at times transformed, their discursive conceptualizations of home. We will explore texts by a diverse set of Black women writers producing work from the late 19th century to the present, writing in various genres and forms including novels, short stories, drama, poetry, essay, film, and memoir. As we grapple with each writer’s imagining of home, we will examine how the intersections of gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, sexual identity, and class complicate singular definitions of home.