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Fall 2013-2014
* AAS 353 / ENG 352 (LA)   No Pass/D/Fail

African American Literature: Origins to 1910

Imani Perry

This introductory course focuses on texts from the mid-eighteenth century through the early 20th century; it will cover early texts such as poetry by Phillis Wheatley & Paul Laurence Dunbar; oratory by David Walker, Sojourner Truth; slave narratives by Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs; spirituals; black theatre by Pauline Hopkins, Bert Williams; fiction by Charles Chesnutt, James Weldon Johnson; & non-fiction by W.E.B.DuBois, Anna Julia Cooper, Booker T. Washington. The course explores how black literature engages with the politics of cultural identity formation, notions of freedom, citizenship, and aesthetic forms.

Sample reading list:
Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life
Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
ed. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Norton Anthology of African-American Literature
Harriet Wilson, Our Nig
Frances Harper, Iola Leroy
Paul Laurence Dunbar, Selected Poetry
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading 100-150 page/per wk. Attendance and class participation are mandatory. Two short critical papers, 5-7 pages.

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

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22064 L01 12:30:00 pm - 01:20:00 pm M W   McCosh Hall   62   Enrolled:22 Limit:50
P01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm W   Stanhope Hall   201   Enrolled:0 Limit:12