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AMST 733 01 (22115) /AFAM613/ENGL945
Black Literature and U.S. Liberalism
Jacqueline Goldsby
W 9.25-11.15 WALL81 201
Spring 2016 
 
An examination of mid-twentieth-century African American literature and the rise of anti-Communist liberalism in American politics and life. We consider how black-authored fiction, drama, and poetry retheorized liberalism's tenets of agency, subjectivity, property, autonomy, sociality, and governmentality. Rather than accept the persuasive and oft-argued position that black literature published during these decades was "integrationist" and therefore politically suspect, this course interrogates the aesthetic and political ends that the "black liberal imagination" served during these critical decades and into our present-day cultural moment.