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 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. The courses will focus on the ways African Americans used literature to document their New World experiences, bear witness to enduring traditions, and shape American society. We will work with poetry, drama, short fiction, essays, and novels, alongside music and visual culture, as we explore African American literary and cultural aesthetics, African American literary history, and issues of class, gender, and place.
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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: 50% - 74%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. and Nellie McKay, Eds., The Norton Anthology of African American Literature (1997; 3rd Ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 2013)
Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad (Doubleday, 2016)
|Examination and Assignments: |
3 essays progressing from shorter (1-2 pages) to longer (6-8 pages for the final) over the course of the semester. Periodic short reading quizzes.
|Instructor(s): Hayman,Casey Times: ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM; Location: FISK404; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 35||SR major: 4||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 7||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 2||SO: 10||FR: 15|