Focuses on a current critical trend in African American literary studies. Students will have the opportunity to apply critical theory and criticism to, for example, black modernist, postmodernist, and/or transnational literature. Typically readings will include works by such as authors as Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, Amiri Baraka, Audre Lorde, and/or Toni Morrison. The student will write a critical research paper and be administered essay exams. The aim of the course is to familiarize the student with contemporary approaches and issues in black literary studies.