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Fall 2018-2019
* 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 Wilson, Our Nig
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 final essay; in-class presentation; precept assignments.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20339 L01 09:00:00 am - 09:50:00 am M W   Stanhope Hall   201   Enrolled:17 Limit:15 Closed
20340 P01 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am W   Stanhope Hall   201   Enrolled:17 Limit:21