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Slavery & the Literary Imagination
AFAM 222
Spring 2013
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ENGL 222, AMST 237

Enslavement in America and the New World was inextricably linked to the written word. What then, does it mean, to write the story of enslavement, loss, forced migration, liberation, and restoration? How does one tell the story of enslavement when that effort depends on articulating the unspeakable? The works and writers with which we will work this term will prompt us to consider how one revisits history and what is required in order to imagine, write, and rewrite the stories and histories of people, places, and nations. We will discuss the ways in which specific literary forms enable, contain, and transform unwieldy, complicated, and stunning stories of enslavement, liberation, self-determination, activism, racialization, and nationhood? Our readings will include primary works and materials such as memoirs, novels, short stories, plays, poems, letters, and essays by writers such as William Wells Brown, Charles Chesnutt, Frederick Douglass, Jupiter Hammon, Pauline Hopkins, Mattie Jackson, Mary Prince, and Phillis Wheatley. Additional primary materials will include writings published in nineteenth-century newspapers such as The Liberator and The North Star.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA AFAM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL)(ENGL-Amer Lit)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

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