GEN*394*11 Description

SpTp:Black Men:Images of Race

This course examines black masculinity in American literature, print culture and the media. The course is structured around stereotypes like the Sambo/Black Minstrel, the Coon, the Black Menace, and their contemporary renditions like the Absent Father/Baby's Daddy. At the beginning of each unit, students will practice "reading" stereotypical images of black men shown in print and non-print materials. Then we will read and analyze the treatment of the stereotype in a literary text. We will also read and respond to critical secondary sources by literary scholars and cultural intellectuals. By the end of this course, students should be able to understand and critically analyze: 1) the origins of different stereotypical images of black men 2) the way in which these images have influenced the literary imagination of 20th and 21st century African American authors 3) the notions of sex/sexuality, humor, violence, Black Power and Black Cool in African American literature.