African American Literature

Course Description

Examination of important representative works by U.S. African-American writers and theoretical approaches relevant to studying that literature. Emphases may vary in different sections.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the work of important representative U.S. African-American writers.
  • Discuss the development of U.S. African American literature in relation to developments in American history, culture, and literature.
  • Compare and contrast the themes and textual strategies of different works by these writers.
  • Apply relevant theoretical and critical approaches to the analysis of works studied in the course.
  • Construct clear and well-made analytical arguments about these works in writing and discussion.

Requirements

Minimum Requirements: Substantial readings from a variety of important and representative African-American writers. Specific emphases may change from section to section. Some discussion of relevant critical theories must be included. 8-10 pages of formal writing requiring literary analysis of specific texts and incorporation of relevant critical sources. Final Exam composed primarily of essay questions on course readings. Written work from papers (formal) and exams (informal) should comprise at least 50% of the course grade.

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