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3.02.990 Seminar: S Women, Race, and Myth: Classica Africana from Phillis Wheatley to Toni Morrison - Details
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Course number 3.02.990
Semester Sommersemester 2019
Current number of participants 15
expected number of participants 22
Home institute Institute of English and American Studies
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
First date Tue , 02.04.2019 12:00 - 14:00, Room: A09 0-018
Lehrsprache englisch

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A09 0-018 Tuesday: 12:00 - 14:00, weekly (from 02/04/19) (14x)

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One branch of the field of Classica Africana focuses on how African Americans adapted and re-narrated ancient myths. This course seeks to gain an overview over a lineage of black women writers from the eighteenth to the twentieth century and their reception and appropriation of classical myths. We will take into consideration the different social realities and concerns that produced their classical adaptations and examine how these black women artists recreated their life experiences as racialized and silenced ‘Other’ through their experimentation with classical myths. With the help of selected texts from myth and race theory, we will approach the nexus of race, gender, and myth, exploring the ways in which the use of classical myth shapes these black artists’ aesthetic expression and political concerns.

Please purchase and read the following novels:
Pauline Hopkins, Of One Blood: Or, the Hidden Self (1903); Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937); Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987).

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