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Summer 2017 ETS 119-1: Sounds of Protest and Change: Literature of the American Civil Rights Movement

May 19, 2017

ETS 119-1: Topics in U.S. Literary History

Sounds of Protest and Change: Literature of the American Civil Rights Movement
Summer Session I | MTuWTh 2:00-3:45p.m.
Dr. Meina Yates-Richard

This class focuses upon the influence of the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements on American literary production post-1950. We will interrogate the relationship between literary form and these social movements by attending to the historical context of the American Civil Rights Movement, as well as the stylistic innovations coming out of this historical moment. Our discussions of style will place particular emphasis on representations of sound, music, and song within these texts, thereby unearthing their “literary acoustics.” The class requires listening sessions that immerse us in the acoustics of the time in order to engage with the sonic aspects of these texts.

Authors include James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka, Allen Ginsberg, Alice Walker, Ralph Ellison, Paule Marshall, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X. Artists include Nina Simone, Woodie Guthrie, Gil Scott-Heron, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and James Brown.

For more information, email mfyatesr@syr.edu.