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LIT 51 — Toni Morrison's Language and Legacy: Song of Solomon, Sula, and Beloved

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 6 weeks
Date(s): Jan 27—Mar 9
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm
Drop Deadline: Feb 9
Unit: 1
Tuition: $360
Instructor(s): Mary Delgado Garcia
Status: Open
Please Note: No class on February 17
7:00—8:50 pm
Jan 27—Mar 9
6 weeks
Drop By
Feb 9
1 Unit
Mary Delgado Garcia
Please Note: No class on February 17
Toni Morrison’s recent passing only highlights her unique and singular imprint upon American and world literature. A Nobel Laureate and a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, Morrison placed the experience of African Americans in the foreground of her writing, and in doing so opened up an imaginative vista that reshaped the literary landscape. Through her innovative use of form and language, Morrison showed us how to imagine and appreciate the experiences of others, and be in the world differently because of them.

In this course, we will read three of Morrison’s works: Song of Solomon, Sula, and Beloved. We will closely analyze the formal qualities of her work, including her use of multiple genres in Song of Solomon, and the complexity of her prose in Beloved. Angela Davis recently said of Morrison: “I think back to the way in which I imagined slavery before reading Beloved, and I realize how abstract that imagination was. She taught us, I think probably for the very first time, to imagine enslaved women and men with full lives, with complex subjectivities, with interiority.” We will consider how Morrison achieved this feat and explore her profound influence on writers and readers alike.

Mary Delgado Garcia, Lecturer in Structured Liberal Education Program (SLE), Stanford

Mary Delgado García has taught literature courses at the Claremont Colleges and at UC Santa Barbara. She received a PhD in comparative literature from UC Santa Barbara.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon (ISBN 978-1400033423)
(Required) Toni Morrison, Sula (ISBN 978-1400033430)
(Required) Toni Morrison, Beloved (ISBN 978-1400033416)