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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: Description: Recent films such as TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE and BIRTH OF A NATION have renewed attention to the one, definitively American, literary genre: the slave narrative. We will trace its roots back to the era of colonial America’s break with Britain, then forward to the 21st-century. Our main focus, however, will be on the classic ante-bellum slave narratives by authors such as Frederick Douglass, Venture Smith, Harriet Jacobs, and Solomon Northrup, and the post-bellum slave narratives by authors such as Elizabeth Keckley, Booker T. Washington and Nat Love. This course serves the English Department's American Literature Concentration, the English Department's Pre-1900 requirement, AND the University's Diversity 1 requirement.

CRN: 15306

Section: A

Enrolled/Seats: 10/40

Days Time Location
TR 13:15 - 14:30 LAFAYETTE HALL L102

Instructor(s): Mary Louise Kete

Meeting Dates: 17 Jan 2017 - 05 May 2017