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Fall 2017-2018
* AAS 353 / ENG 352 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

African American Literature: Origins to 1910

Autumn M. Womack

This introductory course focuses on black literature and literary culture from the mid-18th century to the early 20th; it will cover the poetry of Phillis Wheatley and Paul L. Dunbar; the political oratory of Sojourner Truth and David Walker; slave narratives by Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs; non-fiction prose by W. E. B. Du Bois and Anna Julia Cooper; and Frances Harper's and James Weldon Johnson's novels. In readings, assignments, and discussions, we will explore the unique cultural contexts, aesthetic debates, and socio-political forces that surround the production of an early African American literary tradition.

Sample reading list:
Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Frances Harper, Iola Leroy
Charles Chestnutt, Conjure Tales
James Weldon Johnson, The Autobiography of An Ex-Colored Man
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading 100-150 pages per week. Attendance and participation are mandatory; Two short analytical essays; One in-class final exam; precept assignments.

Requirements/Grading:
Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21222 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am T Th        Enrolled:7 Limit:15
21223 P01 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th        Enrolled:7 Limit:15