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Liberal Arts Seminar: Blues And Jazz In African American Literature (HON-486)

Semester: Spring 2024
Number: 0083-486-002
Instructor: Patricia Lespinasse
Days: Monday Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Note: Traditional In-Person Class
Location: Garden City - Earle Hall B LLH
Credits: 3

Honors College students only.
Open To Sophomores,Juniors And Seniors

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Related Syllabi: Louise Geddes for Fall 2017*

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This course examines the emergence of the blues tradition in African American literature. Students will analyze how the Blues Novel constructs gender, disrupts racial hierarchies, and questions spiritual boundaries. Through the analysis of blues form, characters, and ideology, students explore themes such as violence, historical trauma, cultural memory, and racism.

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