ENGL BC 3993: The Worlds of Shange

This seminar provides an in-depth exploration of the work of Ntozake Shange.  A poet, performance artist, playwright and novelist, Shange’s stylistic innovations in drama, poetry and fiction and attention to the untold lives of black women have made her an influential figure throughout American arts.  We will examine Shange’s work in a range of political/artistic contexts (the Black Arts Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, Black Feminisms and Second Wave Feminism) and from multidisciplinary perspectives.  Texts will include Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf; If I can cook, you know God can; Liliane; Sassafrass, Cyprus and Indigo; Spell#7 and The Love Space Demands.  These works will be partnered with significant related texts such as Adrienne Kennedy’s Funny House of a Negro and Michelle Wallace's, Black Macho and the Myth of the SuperwomanMs. Shange will visit a course session this spring to discuss her work with students.  (This course is also listed through the Africana Studies as AFRS BC 3993.)
-Prof. Kim F. Hall, Wednesdays 2:10-4:00pm. 4 points. On Twitter @ShangeWorlds

Prerequisites:
Students should have taken a course beyond the intro level from ONE of the following areas: American Literature (through the English Department), Africana Studies, American Studies, Theatre or Women's Studies.

Permission of the instructor required.
Interested students should complete this form: http://bit.ly/1aCNoQW

 

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