AAST 261: 
Reading Black
women writing


Course Description

In this course, we read books by Black women writers and discuss what the texts tell us about how race, gender, class, sexuality and other themes influence family and community dynamics, involvement in social and political life and the development of Black women’s identities over time and in different social contexts.   The reading list includes fiction ,autobiographical and non-fiction texts, which will be examined for their social, cultural and political meaning in contemporary society. 

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Beth Richie
Professor of African American Studies & Criminology, Law and Justice

Contact Info

Office: ​​1201 UH
Email: brichie@uic.edu

Curriculum Vitae


What Does African American American Studies Mean to You?

An academic and political space in the academy that allows us to seriously explore how anti-black racism, along with other forms of structural oppression, influences our lives and creates the possibility for resistance.

Course Information

3 or 4 hours. Same as GWS 261 and ENGL 261. Previously listed as AAST 470. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in AAST 100 or Grade of C or better in AAST 110 or Grade of C or better inAAST 111 or Grade of C or better in ENGL 118 or Grade of C or better in ENGL 119 or Grade of C or better in ENGL 240; or consent of the instructor


Black Queer & Feminist Studies
Cultural Production & Analysis

When is it Offered?

Fall & Spring Semester