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Feeling Black / Black Feeling, Studies in African American Literature(366-0-23)


Lauren Michele Jackson

Meeting Info

Online: Tues, Thurs, 11:00AM - 12:20PM

Overview of class

This course introduces and investigates the matter of black feeling. Does blackness have a feeling? What emotional baggage accompanies racial difference? How do emotions inform, distort, and even precede our notions of race and culture? And how do all types of feelings, personal and public, shape or interrogate the project of racial representation? Drawing together seminal and lesser-known works in African American literature with secondary texts from affect theory, black studies, postcolonial theory, and Afro-pessimism, we will explore the messy entwinement of blackness and emotion and identify how this entwinement is variously represented across the African American literary tradition.

Teaching Method


Evaluation Method

Response posts on Canvas, midterm response, and final essay.

Class Materials (Required)

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845)
Pauline E. Hopkins, Of One Blood: Or, the Hidden Self (1902/3)
Toni Cade Bambara, The Salt Eaters (1980)
Alice Randall, Rebel Yell (2009)

Texts will be available at: Norris Bookstore, Canvas.

Class Attributes

Literature & Fine Arts Distro Area
Synchronous:Class meets remotely at scheduled time