20th Century African American Literature, 1940-Present|
Spring 2007 not offered
In this survey of 20th Century African American literature, questions of racial representation, social responsibility, gender and sexuality, and historical memory will shape the way we read and evaluate the works of African American writers. Our readings will be organized under three broad yet interconnected sections that consider: the early debates on the character and purpose of black literature; the increase in popularity and volume of works by and about black women; and the contemporary reinterpretation of slavery.
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Wright, Richard, NATIVE SON
Ellison, Ralph, INVISIBLE MAN
Reed, Ishmael, FLIGHT TO CANADA
Walker, Alice, THE COLOR PURPLE
Naylor, Gloria, THE WOMEN OF BREWSTER PLACE
Morrison, Toni, BELOVED
Williams, Sherley A., DESSA ROSE
Selected poetry by Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka, Nikki Giovanni, and Lucille Clifton
Wright, Richard, "Blueprint for Negro Writing"
Hansberry, Lorraine, "The Negro Writer and His Roots: Toward a New Romanticism"
Jordon, June, selected essays including "A New Politics of Sexuality"
Lorde, Audre, "Poetry is not a Luxury"
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