How do we conceive of the self? How do literary texts shape these conceptions (see, for example, E771 SEM: Novels that Long to be You)? How do the categories of race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality shape our social relations and who we are? How have these categories of identity changed over the centuries and how do literary texts reflect these changes? What literary and cultural texts are associated with marginalized identities, and how do these texts call into question existing stereotypes and power dynamics? Our curriculum provides students with the opportunity to explore these questions by offering courses on race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality and related literary traditions from a variety of different theoretical and historical perspectives. E253 Introduction to African American Literature, E285 Ethnicity and Literature in America, E515 The Nth Race: Introduction to Transraciality (a course that examines the intersection of theories or race and gender) and E289 Thingamijigirl: Objects, Human, Femininity (a course that examines the long-standing connection between femininity and “things”) are all regular offerings.
E771 SEM: Novels that Long to be You
E253 Introduction to African American Literature
E285 Ethnicity and Literature in America,
E515 The Nth Race: Introduction to Transraciality
E289 Thingamijigirl: Objects, Human, Femininity
E748 SEM: Captivity and Race in America