Race and Place in Early American Writing|
Spring 2016 not offered
As the age of the Middle Passage took shape and the rendition of Africans to the New World intensified, memory became one of the most invaluable and provocative tools with which enslaved and forcibly relocated people could achieve self-preservation, maintain their humanity, and negotiate the unpredictable and disorienting world of North America. The writings of early America that attend to matters of race and place shed light on the power of genre, the influence of piety and religiosity. We will think together about the evocative connections between memory and place as we work with primary documents generated by and about people of African descent in 18th-century America. We also will attend to African American literary production from the 18th century through the 1850s that insistently links narratives of race and place to the deployments of literary forms. Finally, we will consider the rich intertextuality in these works that locates African American writing in the larger American, African, and Western literary traditions.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ENGL-Literature)
Octavia Butler, WILD SEED
Jupiter Hammon, SELECTED POEMS
Briton Hammon, NARRATIVE OF THE UNCOMMON SUFFERINGS, AND SURPRIZING DELIVERANCE OF BRITON HAMMON
Lawrence Hill, SOMEONE KNOWS MY NAME
Pauline Hopkins, CONTENDING FORCES
John Marrant, A NARRATIVE OF THE LORD'S WONDERFUL DEALINGS WITH JOHN MARRANT
Marilyn Nelson, FORTUNE'S BONES
Marilyn Nelson, THE FREEDOM BUSINESS: INCLUDING A NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF VENTURE, A NATIVE OF AFRICA
Samuel Sewall, THE SELLLING OF JOSEPH
Venture Smith, A NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF VENTURE, A NATIVE OF AFRICA
Maria Stewart, ESSAYS
Phillis Wheatley, COLLECTED POEMS AND LETTERS
Harriet Wilson, OUR NIG
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly Reading Responses, two 5-7 page essays, and 1 10-15 final paper
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course fulfills the Literatures of Difference requirement and contributes to the American Literature and Race & Ethnicity concentrations of the English major.
This section is part of the Spring Intensive pilot program. Students who enroll in the program will take courses during spring 2016 one at a time, each during a three-week time period. The specific meeting dates for this section is TBA. Times will be arranged with the instructor.
Students interested in the program should contact Lisa Dierker, firstname.lastname@example.org. Selected students will be notified directly and will not need to participate in the pre-registration system.
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