CAAS 274 - Introduction to Afro-American Literature
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
CAAS 111.
Other Course Info:
(African-American Studies).
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course provides a broad survey of African American and African Diasporic literature, from the 1700s to the present. Students will read poetry, fiction, autobiography, and essays by a range of authors, including Phillis Wheatley, Mary Seacole, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Caryl Phillips, Edwidge Danticat, and Carroll Parrott Blue. The guiding questions for this course will be:

  • What does/should a Black literary tradition look like?
  • What has allowed or hindered its formation?
  • What has its impact been on “American” literature?
  • What kinds of assumptions are we as modern readers bringing to the texts?
  • How have these texts been shaped from both an aesthetic as well as a historical point of view?

Course requirement include short quizzes, midterm and final exams, and a formal paper (6-7 pages).

CAAS 274 - Introduction to Afro-American Literature
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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