WHEN TAUGHT: On Demand
PREREQUISITE: ENGL 251 & ENGL 295
DESCRIPTION: Sections stressing Native American, African American, Chicano, third-world, regional, or other literatures in English.
Native American Literature; African American Literature; Asian American Literature; Latino/a American Literature.
English 336, section 2, The American Novel: Still In Need Of “Traveling Shoes”: The Contemporary Journey in African American Literature (Cronin)This course will examine contemporary works by African American writers on the nature of the ongoing African American cultural and spiritual journey, the post-sixties moment, issues concerning women, men, children, civil rights, romance and courtship, renewed religious paradigms, vernacular speech, humor traditions, survival strategies, signifyin’, African inheritances and resources, and the current focus on the black family. In this course we will read Praisesong for the Widow by Paule Marshall, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes by Maya Angelou, Dessa Rose by Sherley Anne Williams, Kindred by Octavia Butler, Mama Day by Gloria Naylor, The Hand I Fan With and The Baby of the Family by Tina Mcelroy Ansa, and The Healing by Jonathan Odell.
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|Featured faculty: Dr. Gloria Linda Cronin|
Professor Gloria L. Cronin studied English literature at Canterbury University, NZ during the years it was affiliated with Cambridge University. She studied American literature and Folklore at Brigham Young University. She was born in New Zealand and holds US citizenship. Her fields of interest include: African-American, Jewish-American, and contemporary American literature, postcolonial and post-imperial Anglophone literatures, postcolonial theories, postmodern theory, and gender theory.
Degrees: PhD, BYU, 1980
Interests: 20C, Jewish American, African American