ENGL 060. Early Black Print Cultures
(Cross-listed as BLST 060 )
This course introduces students to the wide variety of early Black print culture in the US, including newspapers, broadside poetry, political pamphlets, and novels. We will attend closely to the materiality of these texts, reading not only for the work of authors but also that of illustrators, editors, publishers, typesetters, and readers. What racial identities, aesthetic forms, and political possibilities did print afford? Our investigations will be informed by readings in recent theory and criticism on Black Studies, print culture, and archives. In their final projects, students will have the chance to pursue their own original research using the rich resources of Philadelphia-area libraries.
Eligible for BLST.
Fall 2022. Cohen.
Catalog chapter: English Literature
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/english-literature
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