ENGLISH 374 - African American Literature
Winter 2018, Section 001 - Contemporary African American Literature
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Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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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
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001 (REC)
 In Person
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
1/3/18 - 4/17/18

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