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Spring 2017-2018
* AAS 359 / ENG 366 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

African American Literature: Harlem Renaissance to Present

Kinohi Nishikawa

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
Claude McKay, Home to Harlem
Ann Petry, The Street
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
Ntozake Shange, For Colored Girls
Colson Whitehead, Zone One
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
200 pages of reading per week. Close reading exercises, two papers, Final Exam

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Final Exam - 25%
Papers - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

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

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40304 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm M W   McCosh Hall   64   Enrolled:26 Limit:25 Closed