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Topics in Women's Writing: Archival Silence & Aesthetic Innovation

ENG 383/GSS 395/AMS 483/AAS 340

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In this course, students will think dynamically about the relationship between archival records of Black life and Black women's creative expression to interrogate the possibilities and the limits of historical archives. Through hands-on engagement with archival objects in special collections and deep readings of literature, poetry, and visual arts, we will explore what the archival record affords, erases, and silences, and, conversely, how imaginative practices can begin to address and redress its subjects and their histories.
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Section S01