This exciting course links authors Toni Morrison and William Faulkner through the ways in which their fictional and discursive practices reflect on each other. Specifically, we will examine how the texts of both authors reenact and resist racism and patriarchal structures; how they explore the ways in which memory and the past construct identity; and how they experiment with style.
Morrison and Faulkner:
Race, Memory, and Aesthetics
Professor Evelyn Schreiber
Tuesday/Thursday 11:10-12:25 PM
ENGL 3826 (CRN 86757)
Rome Hall 350
This course fulfills two English Major requirements:
After-1900 (C) and Minority/Postcolonial (D).
We will consider the ways in which the texts illuminate a continuum in American literature through discussions of socially constructed identity and issues of race, class, and gender. In addition, the class utilizes cultural studies, trauma studies, and psychoanalytic critical approaches to the texts of these authors.
Texts include: Light in August, The Sound and the Fury, Absalom, Absalom!, Song of Solomon, The Bluest Eye, Beloved, God Help The Child.
Professor Schreiber is one of the leading Morrison scholars in the country, and is President of the Toni Morrison Society (TMS) and a member of the TMS Bench by the Road Committee. She organizes and presents at yearly panels for TMS at American Literature Association Conference. She is also a leading scholar in the emerging field of trauma studies, and serves as the Co-Chair for New Directions Program, the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, Inc.
She is the author of two outstanding books:
Race, Trauma, and Home in the Novels of Toni Morrison is an interdisciplinary study of trauma in Morrison’s fiction and was awarded the Toni Morrison Society Book Prize for best single-authored book on Morrison’s work, 2010-2012. It was nominated for the MLA William Sanders Scarborough Prize for an outstanding scholarly study of black American literature or culture.