African American Literary Theory|
Spring 2013 not offered
|Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
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.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERARY THEORY
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two short essays (3-5 pages), an in-class midterm, and a final research essay (15-20 pages). Students wishing to fulfill the English Department's research paper requirement for the honors thesis may write a longer research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course meets the Theory and Literatures of Difference requirement for the English major. This course also contributes to the English major Theory and Literary Forms concentration. In addition, it is a Research Option course.
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