AAS 495 - Senior Seminar
Section: 001 From "Nadir" to "New Negro"
Term: FA 2012
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
20.00
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
Other Course Info:
(Cross-Area Courses). (Capstone Course).
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

In this course we will study African American literature produced between the end of the 19th century — known as the "nadir" (lowest point) in African American history — and the beginning of the 20th century, the moment that gave birth to the "New Negro" of the Harlem Renaissance. These decades represent a period of cultural production that reflected both pessimism about racial violence in the U.S., and optimism over new opportunities for black artists. We will read novels, poetry and short stories by noted and less familiar authors, including Charles Chesnutt, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Paul Laurence Dunbar and Sutton Griggs, in addition to a small sampling of secondary critical material. How did African American writers conceive of the role of letters and literature in the post-Reconstruction national debates over freedpeople’s rights to citizenship? How did they try to represent differences in the Black community with dialect and invocations of the “folk,” even as they tried to craft new and politically effective notions of racial identity? This will be an intensely paced course with a challenging reading and writing schedule that includes two papers and a 12 page final research paper.

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AAS 495 - Senior Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
28738
Open
9
 
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
28739
Open
9
 
-
W 3:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
28751
Open
Wolv. Access
 
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M 2:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
29567
Open
1
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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