• This course focuses on developing skills of close reading and literary analysis, both in class discussion and in assignments, through the study of major black writers. This section will be a study of global black literature—novels, drama, and poetry—written in English from the twentieth century to the present. We will consider how major authors from myriad locations depict the experience of being black in different times and places, during and after colonialism. While the class will primarily focus on major texts written by these authors, time will also be spent considering the historical and cultural context in which these texts were produced, including colonialism and postcolonialism.