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1. Creative Writing Workshops
2. Common Ground Courses
3. Undergraduate Seminars
English 90BN. Black New England
Instructor: Thomas Dichter
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Tuesdays, 3-5:45 pm | Location: TBA

Class will be held from 3-5 pm.
Enrollment: Limited to 15 students.

This course examines the rich archive of African American writing in and about New England. The study of African American literature often focuses on the rural South and the urban North (especially such metropolises as New York and Chicago). Yet African Americans have been living and writing in New England since the colonial era. This course reorients conventional geographies of African American literature while also offering an alternative perspective on the New England literary tradition. Authors will include: Ann Plato, Phillis Wheatley, David Walker, Harriet Wilson, W.E.B. Du Bois, Pauline Hopkins, Ann Petry, Malcolm X, and the Combahee River Collective.

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4. Undergraduate Tutorials
5. Lectures with Sections
AAAS 100X. Into the Fire: The Black Intellectual, 1968-2018
Instructor: Jesse McCarthy

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:30-2:45 pm | Location: TBA

If the role of the intellectual is to speak on behalf of those who are voiceless and disempowered then the black intellectual tradition arguably constitutes the original and most enduringly vital intellectual tradition in the United States. This course traces the history of that tradition from the Civil Rights Movement to the present. We will consider a broad range of works by writers, philosophers, activists, scholars, poets, and filmmakers who have sought to impel historic change, record violence, articulate political dissent, celebrate artistic and sexual freedom, and inspire radical imagination. Authors include Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Angela Davis, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Amiri Baraka, Alice Walker, Stuart Hall, Essex Hemphill, Cornel West, bell hooks, Imani Perry, Margo Jefferson, Claudia Rankine, Jesmyn Ward and Ta-Nehisi Coates, as well as films by Isaac Julien, Spike Lee, and Tanya Hamilton among others

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English 181A. Introduction to Asian American Literature: What Is Asian American Literature?
Instructor: Ju Yon Kim
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Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:30-2:45 pm | Location: TBA

Class will be held from 1:30-2:30 pm.

Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers (1974) was one of the earliest attempts to collect writings that were, to quote the editors, “exclusively Asian-American.” Yet as their lengthy—and controversial—explanation of the selection process makes clear, Asian American literature defies neat categorization. This course is both a survey of Asian American literature and an introduction to ongoing debates about what constitutes Asian American literature. We will study a variety of literary genres and ask how formal and stylistic conventions, as well as shifting sociohistorical circumstances, have shaped conceptions of Asian American literature.

Note: This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the General Education requirement for Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding and Culture and Belief.

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English 188GF. Global Fictions
Instructor: Kelly Rich
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Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12-1:15 pm | Location: TBA

Class will be held from 12-1 pm.

This course serves as an introduction to the global novel in English, as well as a survey of approaches to transnational literature. It considers issues of migration, colonialism, cosmopolitanism and globalization, religion and fundamentalism, environmental concerns, the global and divided city, racial and sexual politics, and international kinship. Authors include Teju Cole, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Junot Díaz, Mohsin Hamid, Jamaica Kincaid, David Mitchell, Michael Ondaatje, Ruth Ozeki, Arundhati Roy, and Ken Saro-Wiwa.

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6. Graduate Seminars
7. Cross-Listed in other Departments
8. Freshman Seminars