Penn State Brandywine will offer webcourse on African-American women writers

February 14, 2017

MEDIA, Pa. — Penn State Brandywine will offer an online course via ANGEL focused on African-American women writers for Summer Session I.

The course will have students examine how African-American women writers have shaped the neo-slave narrative genre. The neo-slave narrative genre is focused on exploring the religious, social and political movements that have formed the African-American experience.

The four bodies of work that will be analyzed in this class are Gayl Jones’ “Corregidora” (1975), Octavia Butler’s “Kindred” (1979), Sherley Anne Williams’ “Dessa Rose” (1986) and Toni Morrision’s “A Mercy” (2008).

The class will explore perceptions and misperceptions about gender, motherhood, childhood, subversive actions and violent resistance in American slavery. The novels will be discussed on weekly forums and students will be required to submit a literary analysis and two papers.

The class can be found on LionPATH as ENGL 135: Alternative Voices in American Literature or ENGL 492: American Women Writers.

For more information, contact Associate Professor of English Kimberly Blockett at

Last Updated February 15, 2017