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: African American Literature: The First Two Centuries 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. Course description: This course attempts to answer the question of how to call---to remember and to account for---the tradition of African American literature. 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 the first two centuries of this tradition while considering the relationship between literature and history. Authors we will read MAY include Wheatley, Walker, Douglas, Wilson, Jacobs, Harper, Hopkins, Chestnut and Dunbar.
|MWF||09:35 - 10:25||LAFAYETTE HALL L200|
Instructor(s): Mary Louise Kete
Meeting Dates: 26 Aug 2013 - 04 Dec 2013