Fast forward by more than a century (and back by a few years from now)–to the third year of Barack Obama’s presidency–and we see that a book titled The Persistence of the Color Line was published. As its title suggests, it examined the extension of the problem of the twentieth century into the twenty-first.
The persistence of this problem is registered all the more by recent events in Ferguson, New York City, Madison, and here in Chicago.
This course focuses on literature’s place in establishing, reinforcing, and challenging the color line in the United States. As we make our way through texts and time, we will also consider related lines that divide and connect between race and class, race and gender, high and low culture, suppression and resistance, and anger and violence.