Black Power and the Modern Narrative of Slavery|
Spring 2012 not offered
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 wrote award-winning novels that gave 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: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
Bradly, David. THE CHANEYSVILLE INCIDENT. Harper & Row, 1990.
Butler, Octavia. KINDRED. Beacon, 1988.
Douglass, Frederick. NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS, AN AMERICAN SLAVE, ed. Houston A. Baker. Penquin, 1986.
Johnson, Charles. MIDDLE PASSAGE. NAL, 1991.
Johnson, Charles. OXHERDING TALE. NAL, 1991
Jones, Gayl. CORREGIDORA. Beacon, 1986.
Morrison, Toni. BELOVED. New American Library, 1989.
Reed, Ishmael. FLIGHT TO CANADA. Atheneum, 1989.
Williams, Sherley Anne. DESSA ROSE. Berkley, 1987.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
You will be required to write three papers for this course: two 4-page essays; and one 12-page research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
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.
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