AFR 220 Fall 2014 Introduction to African American Literature (W)

Cross Listed as AMST220, ENGL220
What does it mean, socially, culturally, historically, personally, and spiritually, to be African American? No single, simple answer suffices, but African American literature as a genre is defined by its ongoing engagement with this complex question. This course will examine a series of texts that in various ways epitomize the fraught literary grappling with the entailments of American blackness. Readings will include texts by Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Amiri Baraka, Toni Morrison, and Ishmael Reed.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: writing assignments for the course will total 20 pages, distributed over 4 papers
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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,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: AFR Interdepartmental Electives,AMST Arts in Context Electives,AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora, ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses,ENGL Literary Histories C
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 1482
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AFR 220 - 01 (F) SEM African American Literature (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive David L. Smith
MWF 11:00 AM-12:15 PM Griffin 1 1482
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