Introduction to African American Literature|
Spring 2014 not offered
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: None
Authors will include Frederick Douglass, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, Nella Larsen, Lorraine Hansberry, Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, and others.
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two five-page papers, a midterm and final examination.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students are expected to attend class and have assignments completed on the day they appear on the syllabus. This course meets the English Department's Literature of Difference requirement for the English major.