ENGL 360: Philadelphia Stories

Dr. Gabriella Ibieta from the Department of English & Philosophy will again be running a side by side community based learning literature course, ENGL 360: Philadelphia Stories in Spring 2016. The course first ran in Spring 2015—writings from the class were included in the publication of Anthology One.

In this course, we will be reading selections from fiction and nonfiction texts written by African American authors who have called Philadelphia their home, and whose work addresses issues of cultural identity and agency.

We will explore such themes as the legacy of slavery, urban violence, gender issues, and interracial relations. Some of the authors we’ll study are: Elijah Anderson, MK Asante, Lorene Carey, Ayana Matthis, Sonia Sanchez, and John Edgar Wideman.

Students will be asked to respond to the readings both in an analytical and a personal way, reflecting on the connections between the texts and their own experiences.

Gabriella Ibieta, PhD, is an associate professor of comparative literature in the Department of English & Philosophy at Drexel University. A proud winner of Drexel Student Government’s Student Choice Award for “Most Passionate Professor,” she has received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Ibieta has presented her work at national and international conferences and is the author of Tradition and Renewal in La gloria de don Ramiro; editor of Latin American Writers: 30 stories; and co-editor of Inventing America: Readings in Identity and Culture. Her essays have been published in numerous academic journals and in the books Literature and Exile and Remembering Cuba: The Legacy of a Diaspora.