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ENGL 4884 : “Love’ll Stunt Your Growth, Hate’ll Make You Old”: Contemporary African American Writing” Ed Pavlic


This course will explore black voices, recent depictions of a wide variety of contemporary African American experience. We’ll examine writing broadly reading between and across genre and form (novels, essays, non-fiction, poetry). We’ll read and discuss a list of books written in the 21st century by writers such as: Ta-Nehesi Coates, The Beautiful Struggle; Kiese Laymon, Long Division and How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America (2013); Jen Marlowe and Martina Correia-Davis, I Am Troy Davis; Ross Gay, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude; Claudia Rankine’s Citizen; Erica Lewis, Murmur in the Inventory, Teju Cole, Known and Strange Things (2014), Renee Gladman, Calamities, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Harlem is Nowhere (2011); Robin Coste Lewis, Voyage of the Sable Venus, Hilton Als, White Girls (2013), and Jesmyn Ward The Men We Reap, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race. We’ll also consider voices to be found in contemporary films / TV (Ave DuVernay, Donald Glover, Barry Jenkins) and select musicians (No Name, Kendrick Lamar, SZA, BJ the Chicago Kid, Chance the Rapper, etc.).