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796.20 - Critical Race Narrative
Professor: Vincene Verdun
Semester: 2009 Summer
Second Writing Requirement? Yes
Professional Responsibility? No
Special Notes: This seminar meets on the University's Summer Quarter Calendar.
This seminar will focus on the relationship between narrative and law by using critical race theory and feminist legal theory to examine how race in America is a narrative of property and power. By reading a number of essayists and several novelists, we will explore such questions as: Who owns the narrative of slavery? Who can tell whose story? How has the law served as a totalizing presence in the lives of people of color? How do contemporary African American scholars, and other Scholars of Color (Critical Race Theorists) challenge concepts such as “property,” “witness,” “evidence,” “white innocence”? All of the novels that we will read will have as their genesis or focal point issues of law. All of our legal theorists assume that “wherever there is law, there is narrative.”
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