ENGLISH 417 - Senior Seminar
Section: 101 Early African American Texts, 1825-1860
Term: SP 2008
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
May not be repeated for credit.
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:
This class satisfies the American Literature and New Traditions requirement for English concentrators.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Senior concentrator in English.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this course we will read a wide range of texts written by African Americans between 1825 and 1860, the years in which African American literature emerged as a tradition. Since the fight against slavery was of vital importance to African Americans, this literary tradition was closely identified with former slaves, abolitionist struggles and the rise of “protest” literature. We will read many of the central texts in this tradition, but we will pair them with other texts written by African Americans that do not fit our notions of racial literature and protest. These include slave narratives that were not sanctioned by the antislavery movement; books by free Black workers that do not feature the struggle against slavery, and novels and travel narratives by freeborn Blacks that speak to the many different experiences and concerns of a heterogeneous African American community. Through our readings we will address our ideas about “traditions” and the historical contexts that govern the formation of tradition(s).

Course Requirements: Weekly responses, one 5-6 page bibliographic essay and one 11-12 page final paper.

ENGLISH 417 - Senior Seminar
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101 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 3:00PM
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