21W.742[J] Writing about Race


Class Info

The issue of race and racial identity have preoccupied many writers throughout the history of the US. Students read Jessica Abel, Diana Abu-Jaber, Lynda Barry, Felicia Luna Lemus, James McBride, Sigrid Nunez, Ruth Ozeki, Danzy Senna, Gloria Anzaldua, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Carmit Delman, Stefanie Dunning, Cherrie Moraga, Hiram Perez and others, and consider the story of race in its peculiarly American dimensions. The reading, along with the writing of members of the class, is the focus of class discussions. Oral presentations on subjects of individual interest are also part of the class activities. Students explore race and ethnicity in personal essays, pieces of cultural criticism or analysis, or (with permission of instructor) fiction. All written work is read and responded to in class workshops and subsequently revised. Enrollment limited.

This class has no prerequisites.

21W.742[J] will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by K. Ragusa.

Lecture occurs 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM on Mondays and Wednesdays in 4-144.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS H. This class counts as a CI-H.

You can find more information at the Comparative Media Studies / Writing (Course 21W) < MIT site or on the 21W.742[J] Stellar site.

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