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The Black Bildungsroman
AFAM 210
Fall 2008
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AMST 287, FGSS 212, ENGL 221

The Bildungsroman came into being in late eighteenth century Europe as a novelistic form that traces the BILDUNG--the formation, education, development, socialization--of a young (white, male) protagonist as he matures and assimilates into the dominant norms of his society. This course is designed to explore how African American authors appropriate the Bildungsroman and used the genre as a platform of protest to expose the racial, social and political conditions that robbed protagonists of a happy childhood. By examining critical strategies and aesthetics in a variety of texts, students will develop a deeper understanding of the Bildungsroman, discover whether authors accept or challenge the linearity of the genre's conventions, and determine how gender qualifies representations of development.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA AFAM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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