AAS 273 - The Southern Novel in Historical Context
Section: 001
Term: FA 2013
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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With permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In the middle decades of the Twentieth Century, the American South experienced monumental and wrenching social change. In little more than fifty years, the South went from being an isolated and overwhelmingly rural society, in thrall to an all-encompassing system of racial segregation, to becoming both the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, and a reconfigured landscape of strip malls, booming suburbs, and a haunting, ever-present past.

During the same decades, however, the South also produced a phenomenal body of literature. Not only did Twentieth Century Southern authors have a profound impact on literature worldwide, but they also helped to create what is considered by many to be America’s richest literary terrain.

Focusing on five classic Southern novels — and on studying them within their historical context—this course will examine how history and literature can illuminate each other, particularly in matters of race and race relations. Readings will include books by Harper Lee, Zora Neale Hurston, William Faulkner, James Dickey, and Alice Walker, while in-class lectures will address Southern literary history as well as the history of the South during the turbulent decades of the 1930s through the 1970s. Moreover, we will also focus on the lives of each author and how, out of the raw materials of their own life and times, they created works of remarkable power, beauty, and lasting significance.

Course Requirements:

Grades will be based on the following criteria: regular and active participation in class discussion; four 3-4 page essays; a take-home final exam. See syllabus for details.

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AAS 273 - The Southern Novel in Historical Context
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 9780061120060
Their eyes were watching God, Author: Zora Neale Hurston ; with a foreword by Edwidge Danticat and an afterword by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Publisher: HarperCollins 1st Harper 2006
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780156031820
The color purple, Author: Alice Walker., Publisher: Harcourt 1st ed. 1992
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780385313872
Deliverance, Author: Dickey, James., Publisher: Dell Pub. Co 1994
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780446310789
To kill a mockingbird, Author: by Harper Lee., Publisher: Grand Central Pub. Mass marke 1982
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780679732266
Light in August : the corrected text, Author: William Faulkner., Publisher: Vintage Books Vintage in 1990
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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