WEEKLY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COURSE:
1) A primary text is assigned for each week. These will include works by Anna Julia Cooper, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Mark Twain, Ida B. Wells, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Theodore Dreiser, Charles W. Chesnutt, W.E.B. DuBois, and James Weldon Johnson.
2) After you read the main text assigned for each class meeting, find some primary source (or sources) that illuminates, in some interesting way, issues of race and gender raised in the main text and explain your insight in class. (Issues of class and ethnicity as they intersect with gender and race should be addressed as well.) Turn in a paragraph that briefly states the kinds of "connections" you endeavored to make and what you came up with; give full citations (including library location) for each of the primary sources you discuss. (These notes will not be graded, but a record of their having been turned in will be kept.) One possible approach involves using materials by the writer in question other than those read for class. Another approach involves finding materials from the period that shed interesting light on the class text and the issues it raises. Either approach is fine. Be creative!
l) Each student is required to be the "facilitator" of the class during one class meeting. The facilitator(s) for each week's meeting should do extra research on l)the popular and critical reception of the primary text at the time of its publication and subsequently, and 2) historical events and issues that impinge on or illuminate the text and its reception. Facilitators should
NOTE ON RESOURCES:
The resources of the HRC will be used in class, and students are encouraged to explore HRC holdings in some depth. In addition to the literary manuscripts and archives and the book and periodical holdings on the fifth floor students should be aware of two other HRC collections housed on other floors and should feel free to explore them: l) the Photography Collection, and 2) the Theatre Arts Collection.
The University of Texas's holdings in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century newspapers and periodicals are spread over the HRC, the PCL and the Barker Texas History Center. Only a small fraction of these holdings are reflected in the attached bibliographies. A veritable treasure trove of additional sources are housed in each of these libraries. PCL and Barker periodical holdings are generally listed in UTCAT online terminals; HRC periodical holdings are not. HRC periodicals are listed in the bound volumes of computer printouts kept on the table in the back of the HRC reading room. Copies of HRC periodical printouts are available in the reference room of PCL as well. (Caution: many newspaper and periodical runs held by UT are incomplete.If you are looking for a specific article, don't rely on the computer alone to let you know if you will be able to locate it in time to use it.) If periodicals will be central to your large research project, try to locate them early on in the semester. A number of newspapers periodicals that UT libraries do NOT have are available for longterm loan from the Center for Research Libraries. These loans, which take 2-4 weeks to be processed, are handled through InterLibrary Loan. Newspapers and periodicals available through CRL -- such as complete runs of the Baltimore Afro-American -- are listed in UTCAT. Be sure to order such periodicals early in the semester if you plan to use them. Also, if you do place an order through CRL, please let the class know in case another student would like to use the paper or magazine as well. The Barker Texas History Center has invaluable resources that have bearing on the issues we will be dealing with in this course--including four African American newspapers from the turn-of-the-century (the Austin Weekly Bulletin, the Galveston City Times, the Galveston Tamborian, and the Pittsburg X-Ray), as well as many of the mainstream newspapers and periodicals of the time.
NOTE ON HRC REGULATIONS:
Having class meetings in the HRC entails certain privileges and obligations. The good news is that HRC materials will be readily available to you throughout the semester, and will be brought to the classroom for each class. The bad news is that the rules of the HRC reading room apply to everything that happens on the fifth floor. This means:
l) Absolutely NO food or drink of any kind allowed in the building. We will have a break in the middle of class when you can go out for coffee, if you need it--but don't even THINK about bringing it in past the guard.
2) You have to check your belongings at the door. Jackets, backpacks and purses may be left either on the ground floor or at the entrance to the fifth floor. Both areas are guarded.
3) Pencils and yellow paper will be provided to you free of charge on the fifth floor. No pens allowed. No notebooks allowed. You are allowed to write on your own yellow writing tablets or loose yellow sheets. If you want to keep your notes for the class in a notebook, get a looseleaf notebook and take a few pages in with you for each class. These note pages will be stamped at the front desk on the fifth floor. (The looseleaf notebook itself is not allowed inside.) If you want to share with the class a xerox of material to which you refer in your "connections" paragraph, have that stamped at the desk as well. You will be allowed to bring your paperback copy of the primary text for each class into the seminar room--but no other books will be allowed.