Black Power and the Modern Narrative of Slavery|
AFAM 324, AMST 334|
The historical moment immediately after the civil rights and black power movements saw an explosion of African American writing about slavery. In the past half-century, black writers have written award-winning novels that have given unprecedented attention to the intricacies of the life of people who are enslaved and to slavery as a system that they suggested could help us better understand late-20th-century American culture. We will read some of the most important works written by contemporary African American writers to see how and why they transformed the first autobiographical form for black writers--the slave narrative--into a fictional form that has served them as they dissect their own cultural moment.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)(HRAD-MN)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Bradley, David. The Chaneysville Incident. Harper & Row, 1990.
Butler, Octavia. Kindred. Beacon, 2003.
Douglass, Frederick. The Portable Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Eds. John Stauffer and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Penguin, 2016.
Johnson, Charles. Middle Passage. Scribner¿s, 1998.
-----------------. Oxherding Tale. Scribner¿s, 2005.
Jones, Gayl. Corregidora. Beacon, 2019.
Morrison, Toni. Beloved. Knopf, 2006.
Reed, Ishmael. Flight to Canada. Scribner, 1998.
Williams, Sherley Anne. Dessa Rose. Harper Perennial, 2018.
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|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Classes of 20, 21, 22: This course fulfills the Literatures of Difference requirement for the English major and contributes to the fulfillment of the American Literature, Race & Ethnicity, and Theory & Literary Forms concentrations.
Class of 23 and after: This course fulfills the American Lit and Literary History 3 requirements of the English major.
|Instructor(s): Rushdy,Ashraf H.A. Times: ...W.F. 11:10AM-12:30PM; Location: ONLINE; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 5||JR major: 5|| || |
|Seats Available: 6||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 3||SO: 3||FR: X|
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