ENGLISH 374 - African American Literature
Section: 001 Contemporary African American Literature
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

This course provides a selective overview of African American and Black diasporic literature from the 1980s to the present. We will examine a range of formal and thematic developments in contemporary black fiction and poetry, in the context of major cultural, political, and legal developments of the last thirty-five years. Our guiding questions will include the following: What makes a text a black text? Must African American literature serve a moral or political cause? How does today’s African American literature revise, reject, or re-imagine the black literary tradition? How and why has the topic of racial slavery come to occupy a central place in contemporary black literature?

Course Requirements:

Evaluation will be based on active class participation, five or six short homework assignments (1-3 pages each), and a substantive final paper.

ENGLISH 374 - African American Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
P
32107
Open
18
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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Note:
This course provides a selective overview of African American and Black diasporic literature from the 1980s to the present. We will examine a range of formal and thematic developments in contemporary black fiction and poetry, in the context of major cultural, political, and legal developments of the last thirty-five years. Our guiding questions will include the following: What makes a text a black text? Must African American literature serve a moral or political cause? How does today?s African American literature revise, reject, or re-imagine the black literary tradition? How and why has the topic of racial slavery come to occupy a central place in contemporary black literature? I will place all book-length, required texts on reserve at the library. Additional reading materials -- essays, poems, and short stories -- will be available on Canvas.
ISBN: 0099760118
Beloved, Author: Morrison, Toni, (1931- ...)., Publisher: Vintage 2016
Required
ISBN: 1444834258
Homegoing, Author: Gyasi, Yaa,
Required
ISBN: 0812981766
Pym : a novel, Author: Mat Johnson., Publisher: Spiegel & Grau Trade Paperbacks Spiegel & 2012
Required
ISBN: 155553158X
Sarah Phillips : with a new foreword by Valerie Smith, Author: Andrea Lee., Publisher: Northeastern Univ. Pr 5. print. 2002
Required
ISBN: 0385493002
The intuitionist, Author: Colson Whitehead., Publisher: Anchor Books 1. Anchor 1999
Required
ISBN: 061850964X
Philadelphia fire, Author: John Edgar Wideman., Publisher: Houghton Mifflin 1ere Marin 2005
Required
ISBN: 1555976905
Citizen : an american lyric., Publisher: Graywolf 2014
Required
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