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ENGS 160 – D1:Afr Am Lit &Cul Before 1900

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Topics in literature and culture of African Americans before 1900. Topics: Slavery and American Literature; Slavery's Shadows. May repeat for credit with different content. Pre/co-requisite: Three hours in English courses numbered ENGS 005 - ENGS 096; Sophomore standing.

Section Description: Epigraph: "Disremembered and unaccounted for, she cannot be lost because no one is looking for her, and even if they were, how can they call her if they don?t know her name?" Toni Morrison, BELOVED. Description: This course attempts to answer the question of how to call---to remember and to account for---the tradition of African American literature before the Twentieth Century. Beginning under the conditions of slavery and colonization, this tradition continues to develop through the periods of Emancipation and Reconstruction to explode with the works of the 20th-century's Harlem Renaissance. Our goal is to survey the key works of this tradition while considering the relationship between literature and history. Special attention will be paid to the genres of the slave narrative, poetry, oratory and the novel. It satisfies the English/FTS Department's distribution requirement for Category C, it also fulfills the University's D1 distribution requirement. Prerequisites: sophomore standing and at least one other course in English literature.

CRN: 93943

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 75/95

Days Time Location
TR 13:00 - 14:15 LAFAYETTE HALL L108

Instructor(s): Mary Louise Kete

Meeting Dates: 29 Aug 2011 - 07 Dec 2011