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Spring 2019

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Black Culture In A "Post-Soul" Era


Generations of African American writers, artists, and intellectuals have emerged since the 1960s to reconsider the meaning of Blackness in the wake of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements that preceded them. Supported by historical and critical studies, we examine how Black novelists, playwrights, and poets in the ‘post-soul’ era have dealt with a complex of shifting, but interconnected, concerns, including the imperatives of racial representation in a society increasingly driven by mass consumption and global media, the contentious discourses of sexual politics, and the polarization of classes within Black America. For this version of the course, the major project entails producing a Wikipedia article on a topic relevant to African American literature and culture from the 1970s to the present.

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Swarthmore College Provost Office

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Professor Anthony Foy was awarded a Digital Humanities Curricular Grant from the Provost's Office for use in his spring 2019 course, Black Culture In A "Post-Soul" Era (ENGL 068). The course syllabus and assignment examples are made freely available here courtesy of the author.