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Love in the Time of Slavery
AFAM 219
Fall 2011 not offered
Crosslisting: AMST 228, ENGL 228

What's love got to do with it? Did Sally Hemings love Thomas Jefferson? Scholars have long debated the nature of slavery's immediate and long-term effects on the love lives of African Americans. Some maintain that American slavery completely undermined and effectively destroyed not only the institutions of marriage and family but the morale and mores of bondsmen and women; others insist that slaves found creative ways to be together, love each other, and build enduring intimate relationships and family networks. Drawing on songs, poetry, fiction, and autobiographical and historical writings from the 18th and 19th centuries, this course examines representations of love, intimacy, and marriage in early African American literature.

Essential Capabilities: Interpretation
This course offers a thematic approach to the interpretation of a literature of difference.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA AFAM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)

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