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Crossing the Color Line: Racial Passing in American Literature
AMST 322
Spring 2012
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ENGL 319

Narratives of racial passing having long captivated readers and critics alike for the way in which they provocatively raise questions about the construction, reinforcement, and subversion of racial categories. This course will consider several examples of the "literature of passing" as it has been established as a category within African American literature alongside more ambiguously classified 20th-century narratives of ethnic masquerade and cultural assimilation as a way of exploring how literary and filmic texts invoke, interrogate, and otherwise explore categories of race, gender, class, and sexual identity.

Essential Capabilities: Interpretation, Writing
This seminar will require students to closely analyze a range of literary and cultural texts through several short written assignments and two longer papers.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA AMST
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Amer Lit)(ENGL-Race&Ethn)(ENGL-TLF Conc)
Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%

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