5 sept. 2015

Docencia en Law and Literature 2015/2016. Georgetown University. Washington (USA)

ENGL-406-01 Race, Law, Literature
Fall for 2015-2016
This course explores the intersections between race, law, and literature. We will consider how law has defined racial identity according to strict boundaries, and how literature enables us to push against those boundaries and envision new realities. We will study carefully fundamental Supreme Court decisions regarding slavery, civil rights, whiteness, immigration, citizenship, and native sovereignty and trace the rhetorical work needed to render race legally comprehensible but often illegal with respect to the national body. We will consider questions of African American, Asian American, Latina/o, and Native American subjectivity by grounding our discussions through critical race studies, a field of legal study committed to racial justice. And we will read literature by authors such as Louise Erdrich, Toni Morrison, John Okada, Leonard Peltier, Charles Chesnutt, Susan Choi, Jimmy Santiago Baca and Oscar Zeta Acosta, all of whom tell us what it means to live outside the law.

Requirements: eight short analyses of the day’s reading, one group presentation, two 6-8 page essays.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Two of the following: ENGL 090, 091, 092

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