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African American Literary Theory
ENGL 317
Spring 2010
Section: 01   02  
Crosslisting: AFAM 297

What do we understand African American literature to be? What are its structuring and defining principles? In what ways is it American and yet a distinct body of literature? Phillis Wheatley, the Harlem Renaissance, and the black arts movement are key moments in examining the problematic relationship between African American verbal expression and the intellectual analysis of literature. We will examine such topics as the idea of the author, authority and authenticity; the social responsibility of the artist; the connection between race, culture, and art; and the central questions of language, narrative form, and tropes.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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