African American Anticolonial Literature|
Fall 2011 not offered
AMST 221, ENGL 221|
Over the course of the 20th century, the United States came to wield increasing power over much of the globe, supporting and extending racialized systems of domination at home and abroad. This course will examine African American literary responses to American imperialism, from W. E. B. Du Bois' DARK WATER (1920) to John A. Williams' THE MAN WHO CRIED I AM (1967). Our goals are to map out the contours of a defined theme in African American literature and to understand the diverse ways that black writers challenged, and contributed to, the expansion of American power in the world. Our method of inquiry will be interdisciplinary, combining the insights of literary and historical scholarship. Each week we will focus on a primary text, contextualized by accompanying interpretations.
Students will explore, evaluate, and apply contrasting and complementary interpretations of texts.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(AMST)(ENGL)(ENGL-Amer Lit)(ENGL-Race&Ethn)
W.E.B. Du Bois, DARKWATER
W.E.B. Du Bois, DARK PRINCESS
George Padmore, THE LIFE AND STRUGGLES OF NEGRO TOILERS
Zora Neale Hurston, TELL MY HORSE
George Schuyler, BLACK EMPIRE
Paul Robeson, HERE I STAND
Richard Wright, BLACK POWER
John A. Williams, THE MAN WHO CRIED I AM
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three short response essays (two pages each)
One take-home examination (6-8 pages)
One final essay (10-12 pages)
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course will be reading and writing intensive. Fulfills the Literatures of Difference requirement and contributes to the Race and Ethnicity concentration in English.
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