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WEEK 1 INTRODUCTION TO MATERIALS

W JANUARY 21

Introduction to materials; "Myth" (Abrams), "Fairy Tale #1" (Sapphire), Goliath Poem (Hayes), Aunt Jemima of the Ocean Waves (Hayden)

various writers

WEEK 2 SIGNIFYING ON MYTHS

M JANUARY 26

"Myth" (Abrams), "Fairy Tale #1" (Sapphire), Goliath Poem (Hayes), Aunt Jemima of the Ocean Waves (Hayden)

various writers

W JANUARY 28

"Introduction to The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of Afro-American Literary Criticism" (Gates)

WEEK 3 "AFRICA OR GREECE"

M FEBRUARY 2

DROP AND ADD ENDS

"The Ancestors" (Rushin), "From the House of Yemanja" (Lorde), "Esu Speaks the Moon," & "Palace Cleopatra" (Kocher), Necropolis" (Komunyakaa), "I Am a Cowboy in the Boat of Ra", "Montage: MTV" (YK), "Anansi Meets Meter Parker at the Taco Bell on Lexington

W FEBRUARY 4

"Euridice" (Mullen), "Noir: Orpheus" (Hayes), "The Ghost of Orpheus" (Butts), "Narcissus Sits By The River to Take the S. A. T." (Bashir), "Narcissus in Plato's Cave" (Shepherd), "Pride" (Komunyakaa), "My Mother As Daedalus" (Kocher), "O Daedalus, Fly Away," "Danae" (Harris), "Danae" (Van Clief-Stefanon)

WEEK 4 LIVING THE MYTH

M FEBRUARY 9

Brutal Imagination (Eady), Eady interview recommended

Cornelius Eady

W FEBRUARY 11

Brutal Imagination; "If I Were an Epic Poem" & "The Black Backups" (Rushin); The Venus Hottentot (Alexander); "Bellocq's Ophelia" (Tretheway), "Yard Talk: Hard Love" (Patterson), Goliath Poem (Hayes), Aunt Jemima of the Ocean Waves (Hayden)

WEEK 5 DOUBLE ENTENDRE

M FEBRUARY 16

Song of Solomon Toni Morrison

W FEBRUARY 18

Song of Solomon Toni Morrison

WEEK 6 DOUBLE ENTENDRE

M FEBRUARY 23

Song of Solomon Toni Morrison

recommended reading: "Unruly and Let Loose" Michael Awkward

W FEBRUARY 25

Like Sun Fallin In The Mouth Marcus Gardley

WEEK 7 DOUBLE ENTENDRE

M MARCH 1

in class: Conversation with Marcus Gardley

W MARCH 3

Angel, Interrupted Reginald Shepherd

M MARCH 8- MARCH 17 SPRING BREAK

WEEK 8 CATCH UP WEEK

M 22 OF MARCH

IN CLASS WRITING DAY -- midterm reflections

W 24 OF MARCH

PROPOSAL FOR FINAL PROJECT DUE -- meetings

WEEK 9 SCREEN EPICS

M MARCH 29

"Space Is the Place" (Sun Ra) --watch in class

 

W MARCH 31

"Leaving Saturn" poems (Jackson), Clark Kent and poems (Clifton), "Even If I Was Cleopatra Jones" (Foreman), "Understanding Al Green" (Matejka), "Mr. T–," "Shafro," "Shaft & The Enchanted Shoe Factory . . .", (Hayes), "Natasha in a Mellow Mood" & "Boris

various writers

WEEK 10 MYTH AS METAPHOR

M APRIL 5

The Gilda Stories Jewelle Gomez

W APRIL 7

The Gilda Stories Jewelle Gomez

WEEK 11 MYTH AS A MODE OF WRITING

M APRIL 12

European Folk Tale Variant (Mullen), "The Black Unicorn" (Lorde), "Cleo: Muse" (Shockley) various writers

W APRIL 14

Midnight Robber Nalo Hopkinson

WEEK 12 MYTH AS CODE

M APRIL 19

Midnight Robber & "Code Sliding" Nalo Hopkinson

W APRIL 21

Against Myth writings The Black Took Collective

WEEK 13 CATCH UP WEEK

M APRIL 26

IN CLASS READING AND WRITING DAY, LOCATION TBA

W APRIL 28

PRESENTATIONS

WEEK 14 PRESENTATIONS

M MAY 3

PRESENTATIONS