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|AFAM 318 - Ta-Nehisi Coates: Writ Activis|
This course will center on the writings of one of the most important writers of the 21st century, Ta-Nehisi Coates. We will be especially engaged with his important and influential essays first in The Atlantic and later in his book, We Were Eight Years in Power and his book, Between the World and Me. As a public intellectual, Coates has used the power of his pen to advance a number of issues essential to African American life and experience, including reparations, slavery, representation, leadership, racism, politics, police murders, and mass incarceration. Literacy, in the African American tradition, is a tool of activism; how does Coates contribute to the tradition of activism? We will examine the substance and effectiveness of Coates's writerly activism as we also learn from the public histories Coates examines. We will read Coates with a number of his interlocutors, including James Baldwin, Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, Claudia Rankine, and Angela Davis. This course is reading intensive, and students should expect reading quizzes, short writing assignments, a researched seminar paper/project, and great class discussions.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Schedule Types: Seminar
African American Studies Department
Core:HALC - Hum, Art, Lit, Cul, Mean Grade is Calculated