Topics in African American Literature: Charles Chesnutt and Pauline Hopkins|
Fall 2011 not offered
AFAM 330, AMST 332|
This course is meant to introduce students to an understudied period in African American literary history--the 1890s--and to two relatively understudied writers from that period--Charles Chesnutt and Pauline Hopkins. It is meant to broaden the reach of African American literary studies at Wesleyan.
In this course, we will learn how to interpret a work of art by considering its internal coherence, its place in the trajectory of an author's career, and its situation in the historical moment of its appearance.
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|Course Format: Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Literature)
Chesnutt, Charles, STORIES NOVELS AND ESSAYS (Library of America, 2002);
Hopkins, Pauline, CONTENDING FORCES: A ROMANCE ILLUSTRATIVE OF NEGRO LIFE NORTH AND SOUTH (Oxford University Press, 1988);
THE MAGAZINE NOVELS OF PAULINE HOPKINS (Oxford University Press, 1988);
DAUGHTER OF THE REVOLUTION: THE MAJOR NONFICTION WORKS OF PAULINE E. HOPKINS, Ed., Ira Dworkin (Rutgers University Press, 2007)
Logan, Rayford, THE BETRAYAL OF THE NEGRO, FROM RUTHERFORD B. HAYES TO WOODROW WILSON (Da Capo, 1997).
|Examinations and Assignments: |
2 short essays (4-6 pages), 1 long research paper (10-12 pages).
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the English Department's Literatures of Difference requirement for the major.
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