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Spring 2016-2017
* AAS 359 / ENG 366 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

African American Literature: Harlem Renaissance to Present

Cassandra Jackson

A survey of twentieth- and twenty-first century African American literature, including the tradition's key aesthetic manifestos. Special attention to how modern African American literature is periodized and why certain innovations in genre and style emerged when they did. Poetry, essays, novels, popular fiction, a stage production or two, and related visual texts.

Sample reading list:
Nella Larsen, Passing
James Weldon Johnson, Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man
Langston Hughes, Selected Poems
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
Nikki Giovanni, Selected Poesm
Charles Johnson, The Oxherding Tales
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
200 pages of reading per week. Close reading exercises, two papers, discussion starter presentation, and a take-home final examination.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Other information:
The is an AAS core survey literature course.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41134 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T   Stanhope Hall   101   Enrolled:17 Limit:15 Closed
43469 P01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T   McCosh Hall   B24   Enrolled:17 Limit:17 Closed