About ENGS 057 A

Introductory courses addressing the representation and construction of "race" in literature and/or the contributions of ethnically diverse writers to the American culture. Focus and readings vary by instructor. May be repeated for credit with different content.


Open to Degree and CDE students; Cross listed with CRES 095 C (96042); Total combined enrollment = 40

Section Description

In an interview several years ago, the now late, Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison stated that racism is a scholarly affair and one that is useful for whites. In the 1998 movie American History X, Ed Norton's character claims that all problems in this country are race-related. The late poet and activist Maya Angelou envisioned a time when “ideally, race should be [only] as important as the color coordination of one’s costume.” During a 2016 presidential debate, Hillary Clinton acknowledged that “race still determines too much.” And, this week at the Republican Convention, former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley stated that "America is not a racist country." What do these statements mean? And what relevance do they have for us, in 2021, as this country is witness to overt acts of racist rhetoric, protests, and violence? This course considers a variety of contemporary texts -- novels, short stories, movies -- written by and about non-hegemonic groups living in the United States today that explore the intersections of race, class, socioeconomics, racism and institutionalized racism. Because the course expects students to engage in polemical and engaging dialogue, students are asked to “agree to disagree’ in a respectful environment.

Section Expectation

In-person class; weekly assignments; Blackboard Discussion Board, short papers, group work.


Attendance is mandatory.

Course Dates



Lafayette Hall L302 (View Campus Map)


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