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Black Studies (BLST)
1258 University of Oregon, 541-346-3081
Course Data
  BLST 141   Top Writng in Black >US 4.00 cr.
This course centers the act of writing and how blackness is understood and lived in the US, especially how Blackness can shape understandings of existence both in terms of critiquing power and enacting freedom dreams.
Grading Options: Graded for all students
Instructor: Tiwari AE-mailHomepage Office:   444 PLC
Phone:   (541) 346-0061
 
  CRN Avail Max Time Day Location Instructor Notes
  36833 10 40 1015-1145 tr 00 REMOTE Tiwari A  
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April 25:   Process a complete withdrawal (25% refund, W recorded)
April 25:   Withdraw from this course (25% refund, W recorded)
May 16:   Withdraw from this course (0% refund, W recorded)
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Expanded Course Description

Throughout this course, you will engage with a rich tradition of Black-centered essay writing. I have chosen the essays based on the impact they have had and continue to have on how “blackness” is both understood and lived in the United States. More specifically, the pieces work to make sense of the ways in which “blackness” shapes (and shapes our understanding of) existence. For our authors, “writing in black” becomes a means to process the deeply contradictory nature of “race” in the modern world, while thinking and writing how to live with it all.

As you’ll see from the outset, our authors are engaged in truly multi-disciplinary work: philosophical questions of existence form through sociological fieldwork and historical digging; literature and etymology push the bounds of psychoanalysis. Both our discussions and writing assignments will require such disciplinary flexibility.

I will ask you to write 500-word responses every week in order to prepare for our discussions, and to write a more extensive final essay of 2000 words, in drafts and with revision. With all your writing, we will engage it as process and craft. Towards that goal, we’ll analyze our essays not just for content, but also for their remarkable range of genres and styles.

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