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)(EDST-MN)(ENGL)(ENGL-Amer Lit)(ENGL-Race&Ethn)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Authors will include Frederick Douglass, Nella Larsen, Gwendolyn Brooks, Richard Wright, Lorraine Hansberry, Toni Morrison, and others
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two 5-7 page papers
|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): Mahurin,Sarah Joanna Times: ..T.R.. 10:30AM-11:50AM; Location: WYL114; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 35||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 0||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 5||JR non-major: 5||SO: 10||FR: 5|