Department of English Department of English College of Arts and Sciences
Spring 2011 Course Descriptions

Charles W. Chesnutt:  The Race Man, The Future American’s Advocate



This course we will examine the literary, non-fiction, and dramatic oeuvre composed by Charles W. Chesnutt.  Germane to this course will be Chesnutt’s foci on the short story genre; folklore and conjure tales; racial, ethnic, and national identities; intra-racial and interracial color lines and oppressions; and concepts of race, class, and gender.  Moreover, as we study the evolution of Chesnutt’s literary voice, we will note his evolution from late-nineteenth century “Race Man” into a twentieth century “American” writer, who will construct plots and characters reflecting the other side of the black/white color line and create representations of the American “New Woman” figure.



Primary Texts (a partial listing):


Chesnutt, Charles.  A Business Career. University Press of Mississippi, 2009. ISBN: 1604732571


---. The Colonel’s Dream.  General Books LLC., 2010. ISBN: 1153698005


---. Evelyn’s Husband.  Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2009. ISBN: 160473258X


---. Mrs. Darcy’s Daughter. (Course Packet)


---. Paul Marchand, F.M.C. Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2005. ISBN: 1578067987


---. Stories, Novels, and Essays. Library of America. ISBN: 1931082065



Note: Electronic critical and scholarly texts (web addresses, links, scanned materials, etc.) will be placed on the course’s syllabus and Ecourseware site. 


1:00 - 2:25 pm

Ladrica Menson-Furr
Patterson Hall 419

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