Department of English

Annie Bares



20th and 21st century literature and culture, African American literature and culture, environmental and energy humanities, critical disability theory, critical race theory, visual culture, archives.


I am a third-year doctoral student in English literature at the University of Texas at Austin. I received a bachelor's degree in English literature from Rhodes College. My work has been published in MELUS and the E3W Review of Books. 

I am currently a graduate research assistant at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, where I work with their visualization research team to incorporate the arts and humanities into scientific research and visualization, particularly environmental and climate science. I am a graduate affiliate and former Graduate Student Fellow of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights & Justice. 


E 314V • African American Lit/Cul-Wb

35560 • Spring 2021
Meets TTH 9:30AM-11:00AM
Internet; Synchronous
CDWr (also listed as AFR 315T)

E 314V  l  1-African American Literature and Culture-WB


Instructor: Bares, A

Unique:  35560

Semester:  Spring 2021

Cross-lists:  AFR 317F.1, 31035


Prerequisite:  One of the following: E 303C (or 603A), RHE 306, 306Q, or T C 303C (or 603A).


Description:  This course will offer an overview of contemporary (post-1945) African American literature and culture through the lens of revision.  We will study how authors of contemporary African American literature have reconsidered, retold, and revised previous works of literature, art, and historical narrative.  We’ll consider how authors and artists turn to practices of revision to rethink national myths, transform literary tradition and convention, and imagine otherwise in a moment marked by anti-Black racism, inequality, mass incarceration, crises of human and environmental health, and state-sanctioned violence accompanied by ongoing radical resistance thereof.  How do authors and artists transform conditions of the present through their work?  How do they envision alternate understandings of the past and possibilities for the future?  Can revision sow seeds of radical re-understanding and revolution?


The primary aim of this course is to help students develop and improve critical reading, writing, and thinking skills needed for success in upper-division courses in English and other writing-focused disciplines.  In keeping with the theme of the course, revision will be a key practice that we explore in developing these skills across interpretive modes.  Students will gain familiarity with online research tools integral to writing and research in humanities disciplines such as the OED, JSTOR, and other important databases and resources.


Potential Texts: Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler, Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, Heavy by Kiese Laymon, Native Guard by Natasha Trethewey; selected essays by James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Saidiya Hartman, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, and Zandria Robinson. Our textual readings may be supplemented by film, visual art, digital media, and music.


Requirements & Grading:  Assignments in this course will consist of three short essays (60%), two of which will be revised (20%) in addition to participation, presentations, and shorter creative assignments (20%).  While this class will have regular, synchronous meetings at the scheduled course times, students who are not able to participate synchronously are welcome and will have other options for participation.

AFR 315T • African American Lit/Cul-Wb

30038 • Fall 2020
Meets MW 10:00AM-11:30AM
Internet; Synchronous

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