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The First Century of the African American Novel, 1853 - 1953
AFAM 260
Fall 2007 not offered
Crosslisting: ENGL 252

In this course, we will read a set of selected novels written between 1853 and 1953. We will discuss each of these novels as both a work of art and a historically-specific, politically-charged cultural production. That is, we will attend to the formal and aesthetic properties of each of the novels as well as to the historical context and the social and cultural meaning of these works. Two of the major points of discussion in the course will be the issues of canonicity and tradition. As we read the series of novels, we will attempt to discern how one novel relates to its predecessors in the construction of an African American literary continuum. We will also discuss the ways literary canons and literary histories get constructed and reconstructed.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA AFAM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: [AFAM202 or ENGL240] OR ENGL201
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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