Introduction to African American Literature|
Spring 2015 not offered
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. We 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 as we explore African American literary 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-MN)(AFAM)(AMST)(EDST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
Works by writers such as Phillis Wheatley, Anne Plato, James Monroe Whitfield, Frederick Douglass, Charlotte Forten, Pauline Hopkins, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Nella Larsen, Dorothy West, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Richard Wright, Rita Dove, Lorraine Hansberry, and Octavia Butler. See Broad Street Books list for specific text information.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Three 5-7 page papers, one 10 - 15 page paper and weekly reading responses.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students are expected to attend class and have assignments completed on the day they appear on the syllabus. This course meets the English Department's Literature of Difference requirement for the English major.
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