AMST 220 Fall 2013 Introduction to African American Writing

Cross Listed as AFR220, ENGL220
Toni Morrison has described her writing as guided by a musician's imperative always to hold something in reserve, to leave her audience wanting something more. It's a simple idea, but a strange one--that a reader's desire might be fulfilled only by its increase, that its satisfaction requires that it is never enough. African American writing, in all its richness and variety, moves between never enough and something more; this course will introduce just a few of the historical experiences, intellectual currents, cultural resources, thematic preoccupations, and formal strategies encountered in this writing, and consider how and to what ends African American literary tradition(s) have been organized, in critical and polemical ways, by individual writers and scholars, and by artistic and political movements. We'll forego the perspective of a grand overview, diving right in instead, and we won't necessarily always reach for the best-known titles by the most famous authors. In any case, by the end of the course, you should be prepared to have more left to read than you did at the beginning.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, frequent short writing assignments, a midterm take-home exam, and a final project
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Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: English majors and Africana Studies concentrators
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST or AFR
Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: AFR Interdepartmental Electives,AMST Arts in Context Electives,AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora, ENGL Literary Histories C
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 1667
AMST220-01(F) SEM Intro African American Writing Division 2: Social Studies Vincent J. Schleitwiler
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Schapiro Hall 129 1667
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