This class will introduce you to the fundamentals of literary studies. You will acquire knowledge about basic theories, concepts, methodologies and terminologies that will help you to engage with literary texts. Besides theory texts and texts of literary criticism, we will read a variety of poems and short stories, as well as the science fiction novel Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. In order to cover the category of drama, we will be reading short plays by Sonia Sanchez, published between 1968 and 1971, shortly after the Civil Rights Movement, revealing the interaction between politics and literature. Please purchase and read:
- Octavia Butler (1993), Parable of the Sower (any edition is fine)
- Sonia Sanchez, I’m Black When I’m Singing, I’m Blue When I Aint’t and Other Plays. (Duke University Press, 2010)
All other texts will be available for download on StudIP.