Postgraduate Course: Black Atlantic (ENLI11023)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area||English Literature
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||This course will look at the role of racial discourse in constructions of modernity, through a study of American and British texts. In particular, we will be concerned with the ways in which "Enlightenment" thinking and writing incorporated racial categories into the "humanist" project. The texts on this course engage with this problem and articulate alternative modernities in a Transatlantic context.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Purchase of essential texts as required.
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|At the end of this course students will be able to engage and articulate alternative modernities in American contexts.
|One essay of 4,000 words.|
||Week 1 Introduction: Race and Modernity: Paul Gilroy's The Black Atlantic
Week 2 Olaudia Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of.......
Week 3 Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom,
& Thomas Carlyle, ¿Occasional Discourse on the Nigger Question¿ (1853)
Week 4 Herman Melville, Benito Cereno, & Ralph Ellison, 'Mister Toussan'
Week 5 W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk
Week 6 James Weldon Johnson, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
Week 7 Claude McKay, Banjo (1929)
Week 8 James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son (1964) & Ralph Ellison, ¿In A Strange Country¿ (1944)
Week 9 Jackie Kay, Trumpet (1998)
Week 10 Caryl Phillips, The Atlantic Sound (2000)
||Please note that in addition to these primary texts, Paul Gilroy's The Black Atlantic will be used regularly during seminars, so you are advised to bring your own copy.
¿Emanuel Chukwudi Eze, ed. Race and the Enlightenment. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.
¿J. Martin Favor. Authentic Blackness. Durham NC; London: Duke University Press, 1999.
¿Henry Louis Gates. Figures in Black: Words, Signs, and the ¿Racial¿ Self. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989.
¿Elaine K Ginsberg. Passing and the Fictions of Identity. Durham NC; London: Duke University Press,1996.
¿C.L.R. James. The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L¿Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution. London: Allison & Busby, 1980.
¿Toni Morrison. Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination. London: Picador, 1992
¿Orlando Patterson. Slavery and Social Death: A Comparative Study. Cambridge, Mass.: London: Harvard University Press, 1982.
¿Alan Rice. Radical Narratives of the Black Atlantic. London: Continuum, 2002.
¿Alan Rice and Martin Crawford eds. Liberating Sojourn: Frederick Douglass and Transatlantic Reform. Athens, Georgia: University of Georgia Press, 1999.
¿Eric Sundquist. To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature. Cambridge, Mass.; London: Harvard University Press, 1993.
¿Eric Williams, Capitalism & Slavery. London: Andre Deutsch, 1964.
¿Richard Wright. Black Power. London: Harper Perennial, 2008
|Course organiser||Dr Keith Hughes
Tel: (0131 6)50 3048
|Course secretary||Miss Natalie Carthy
Tel: (0131 6)50 6536