Introduction to African American Literature|
ENGL 240, AMST 275|
This course is a survey of the history and traditions of African American literature from its earliest folk origins to its most modern manifestations. We will examine, in particular, the poetry, essays, and fiction produced by people of African descent from the 18th to the 21st centuries. In our exploration of this body of writing, we will focus on the ways African Americans used literature to respond to historical and political conditions, to help shape social movements in the 19th and 20th centuries, and to address key questions concerning what literature can do to reflect, represent, and challenge American cultural, social, and political conditions.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM)(AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Amer Lit)(ENGL-Race&Ethn)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
All readings are from the anthology. We will read authors such as Frederick Douglass, Frances Harper, W.E.B. DuBois, Ida B. Wells, Charles Chesnutt, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Ann Petry, Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka, and Rita Dove among others.
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. and Nellie McKay, Eds., The Norton Anthology of African American Literature (1997; 2nd Ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 2004)
|Examination and Assignments: |
3 3-page papers (each accounting for 20% of your final grade)
2 identification examinations (each accounting for 20% of your final grade)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
1) Essays must be handed in on time.
2) All written work must be submitted in hard copy and be single-sided. Papers may not be sent to the instructor through e-mail or as an attachment and must be printed on only one side of the page. (I will recycle more zealously to make up for the use of paper).
3) Attendance is mandatory. Attendance and punctuality will be considered in determining your final grade. More than two absences will require you to withdraw from the course.
4) You are required to bring the assigned reading to class with you.
5) You must sign the Honor Code pledge on every assignment and examination.
6) Incompletes will not be granted. Incompletes will be granted only for medical reasons.
7) Laptops are not permitted in class.
|Instructor(s): Rushdy,Ashraf H.A. Times: ...W.F. 11:00AM-12:20PM; Location: PAC004; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 56||SR major: 2||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 24||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 8||SO: 20||FR: 20|
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