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Spring 2012-2013
* AAS 359 / ENG 366 (LA)  

African American Literature: Harlem Renaissance to Present

Daphne A. Brooks

This course explores the relationship between cultural production and historical phenomena (such as the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Civil Rights Movement, for example) in 20th- and 21st-century African American literature. Additionally, we will consider the place of African American literature and cultural production in a diasporic context that encompasses decolonization, multiculturalism and globalization. Primary texts include novels, short fiction, drama, essays, poetry and performance culture.

Sample reading list:
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Ann Petry, The Street
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
Paul Beatty, The Whiteboy Shuffle
Toni Morrison, A Mercy
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
250 pages of reading per week. No midterm - two short papers will be required instead.

Requirements/Grading:
Final Exam - 35%
Papers - 50%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41111 L01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T Th   Frist Campus Center   209   Enrolled:13 Limit:25
P01 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   Frist Campus Center   234   Enrolled:6 Limit:20