AAS 104 - First Year Humanities Seminar
Section: 007 Migrations in 20th Century Black Literature and Culture
Term: FA 2012
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Course Note:
This seminar introduces first-year students to the intellectual community of humanities scholars working in the field of Afroamerican and African studies. The topic of the seminar varies from year to year.
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Other Course Info:
(Cross-Area Courses). May not be included in a concentration plan.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course engages with literature, film and music that feature Black characters migrating between regions, countries and islands. We will study the many media; short stories, blues songs, films, plays and novels; through which African Americans and Afro-Caribbeans represented their movement in time and space from slavery to freedom, from South to North, and from island to mainland, through the 20th century down to the present. Black populations’ encounters with growing cities and new visual technologies, like films and photography, offered migrants numerous cultural experiences and venues for representing the conflicts, opportunities and challenges that accompanied the uprooting of families and traditions. Writers include Paul Laurence Dunbar, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larsen, Gloria Naylor and Paule Marshall, among others.

Course Requirements:

Assignments include short responses, in-class presentations, a midterm and final day of class exam. Be prepared to do in-class writing assignments without advance notice.

Intended Audience:

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Class Format:

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AAS 104 - First Year Humanities Seminar
Schedule Listing
004 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
007 (SEM)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0451527550
The sport of the gods, Author: Paul Laurence Dunbar ; with an introduction by William L. Andrews., Publisher: Signet Classic 1999
ISBN: 9781555530235
Home to Harlem, Author: McKay, Claude, 1890-1948., Publisher: Northeastern University Press 1987
ISBN: 9780684815800
The blacker the berry--, Author: Thurman, Wallace, 1902-1934., Publisher: Scribner Paperback Fiction 1996
ISBN: 9780679732761
Invisible man, Author: Ellison, Ralph., Publisher: Vintage International 1995
ISBN: 9780140066906
The women of Brewster Place, Author: Naylor, Gloria., Publisher: Penguin Books 1983
ISBN: 1594489580
The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao, Author: Di?az, Junot, 1968-, Publisher: Riverhead Books 2007
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