Section 1: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 12:00-12:50 PM

Professor: Emily Rutter
This course will provide you with foundational knowledge about African American literary traditions, while centralizing the work of black women writers. Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s visual album Lemonade (2016) will be our central thematic reference point as we explore the intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality in a wide range of texts that precede and are contemporaneous with this groundbreaking album. Engaging fiction, poetry, autobiography, black feminist theory, and film, we will consider how artists of African descent have exposed and resisted oppression. We will encounter Angela Y. Davis and Mahogany Browne, both of whom will visit BSU campus this Fall, as well as Toni Morrison, Roxane Gay, Octavia Butler, Warsan Shire, among others. Assignments will include active class participation; short textual analyses that will build up to research papers; and exams that we will compose as a class. No prior knowledge of African American literature is required; all are welcome.