BLST141 202003 Undergraduate

Spring 2021
BLST 141
Applies To: 
Writing in Black

Avinnash Tiwari

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  • Title: Career Instructor
  • Phone: 541-346-0061
  • Office: 444 PLC
  • Office Hours: F21: not teaching an ENG or WR course this term
Department Section Description: 

We will engage with a rich tradition of Black-centered essay writing articulating how Blackness shapes (and shapes our understanding of) existence in an anti-Black world. Kelley, Du Bois, and Gordon lead us to the inherent contradictions in Institutions of thought and thought, itself. Sharpe, Rodney, and Fanon lay out the stakes of the work, and, the costs. Anderson and Dreier, in recent Boston Review articles, take on the biggest fairytale of existence of them all, whiteness, and how critical whiteness approaches can obfuscate whiteness' sustaining power in capital and wealth accumulation. Lorde opens up a possibility for another kind of existence altogether in the face of all of it. Wynter breaks it down; it being the Human. Wall puts in long perspective why the writing matters. Du Bois, older and exiled yet home, gives a closing view of it all. We read, think, discuss, and write.



US: Difference, Inequality, and Agency courses focus on race and ethnicity in the United States by considering two or more racial and ethnic groups.

Lower-Division Elective

Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.  Major II students can also use one lower-division elective to fulfill the Writing Requirement with ENG 209 The Craft of the Sentence.

English Minor

English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts.  The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.