Wednesday, June 28, 2023

A checklist of short stories, novel excerpts covered with collegiate black men

Here's a checklist of 20 short stories that I've covered at least a couple of times (and some several times) with collegiate Black men enrolled in my African American literature classes over the years. I've arranged the stories by year of publication. 

• 1898: “The Wife of His Youth” by Charles Chesnutt 
• 1925: “Spunk” by Zora Neale Hurston  
• 1926: “Sweat" by Zora Neale Hurston 
• 1947: “Battle Royal” by Ralph Ellison 
• 1972: “The Lesson" by Toni Cade Bambara

• 1972: “Raymond's Run” by Toni Cade Bambara
• 1973: from Sula by Toni Morrison
• 1981: “Exchange Value” by Charles Johnson 
• 1983: Toni Morrison's “Recitatif” 
• 1984: “Bloodchild” by Octavia Butler 

• 1995: “Equal Opportunity” by Walter Mosley
• 1996: from The White Boy Shuffle by Paul Beatty 
• 2001: “The Transmission” by Charles Johnson 
• 2004: “Old Boys, Old Girls” by Edward P. Jones 
• 2015: “Sweetness” by Toni Morrison 

• 2015: “The Electric Joy of Service” by Rion Amilcar Scott
• 2016: “Heads of the Colored People” by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
• 2016: from The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead 
• 2017: "Belles Lettres" by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
• 2021: “The Theresa Job” by Colson Whitehead


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