This course is an introduction to historical materialist methods of cultural studies, with an emphasis on Cedric Robinson’s rendering of the Black Radical Tradition. We will examine language and aesthetics as “constitutive human processes” in the modern world, with particular attention to relations of capital, race, nation-state, and social reproduction.
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This course takes an intersectional approach to contemporary young adult and children’s literature, primarily but not exclusively from the United States. We also focus on the mastery of scholarly writing and the field of disability studies. The reading list includes body theories poised at the intersection of gender, race, sexuality, class, and ability and applies them to speculative fiction, picture books, coming of age stories, and graphic memoirs, including The Hate You Give, Orleans, El Deafo, Marcelo in the Real World, Sosu’s Call, and The Reason I Jump. We will take body theories apart to see what we might learn for our own writing. We will hone the crafts of scholarly writing, especially grant applications and transforming papers into publishable articles. For the term project students have three options: writing the first draft of an article on the course topics, taking a previous essay and revising it into an article, or writing a grant proposal.