ENG 309 Seminar: Black Prison Intellectuals

Andrea Stone, Th 3:00 PM-4:50 PM

Interrogating theories of intellectualism—among them Antonio Gramsci’s notion of traditional and organic intellectuals—and distinctions between  categories of criminal and enemy, this course will trace the role of black prison writings in the development of American political and legal theory. From  18th-century black captivity narratives and gallows literature through to the work  of 20th- and 21st-century thinkers like Malcolm X, Eldridge Cleaver, and Angela Davis,  this course asks how the incarcerated black intellectual has informed and challenged ideas about nationalism and self- and community formation from the early republic to the present.