ENGLISH 630 - Special Topics
Section: 002 "Post-bellum, Pre-Harlem": Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth African American Literature
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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With permission of department.
May be repeated for credit.
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In this course we will study African American literature written from the end of the 19th century—known as the "nadir" (lowest point) in African American history—through 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 post-Civil War racial violence in the US, and optimism over new opportunities for black artists. How did African American writers conceive of the role of letters and literature in the 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,” while crafting new political ideals of racial identity? And finally, we will discuss the methods and issues pertaining to the periodization of African American literature in the Academy. We will read novels, poetry and short stories by noted and less familiar authors, including Charles Chesnutt, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Pauline Hopkins and Sutton Griggs, in addition to secondary critical material.

ENGLISH 630 - Special Topics
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001 (SEM)
M 10:00AM - 12:00PM
002 (SEM)
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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