James Baldwin & Twentieth Century Literature (ENGLISH 159, FEMGEN 159)

AFRICAAM
159
Instructors
Elam, M. (PI)
Section Number
1
Black, gay and gifted, Baldwin was hailed as a "spokesman for the race", although he personally, and controversially, eschewed titles and classifications of all kinds. This course examines his classic novels and essays as well his exciting work across many lesser-examined domains - poetry, music, theatre, sermon, photo-text, children's literature, public media, comedy and artistic collaboration. Placing his work in context with other writers of the 20C (Faulkner, Wright,Morrison) and capitalizing on a resurgence of interest in the writer (NYC just dedicated a year of celebration of Baldwin and there are 2 new journals dedicated to study of Baldwin), the course seeks to capture the power and influence of Baldwin's work during the Civil Rights era as well as his relevance in the "post-race" transnational 21st century, when his prescient questioning of the boundaries of race, sex, love, leadership and country assume new urgency.nNOTE: Enrollment by department consent. To apply, please email Prof. Elam (melam@stanford.edu) with your name, year, major, and one sentence about why you would like to take this class.
Grading
Letter (ABCD/NP)
Requirements
WAY-A-II, WAY-ED
Units
5
Undergraduate
Course Tags
Political and Moral Philosophy
Academic Year
Quarter
Winter
Section Days
Wednesday
Start Time
2:30 PM
End Time
5:20 PM
Location
Remote