HIST 482 Fall 2014 Fictions of African-American History (W)

Cross Listed as AFR482
This course examines the form and function of African-American narratives with particular attention to written texts pertaining to the enslavement and freedom of African Americans during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. We will explore the role of books, writing, and reading in the African American South, where the acts of reading and writing had been illegal throughout the Colonial and Antebellum Era. In the course, we will read both historical and fictional narratives that raise explicitly the problems of writing African-American history. In the first part of the course, we will discuss selected texts (fiction, narrative, and historiography) from the antebellum era in order to schematize the literature of slavery. In the second half of the course, we will take up the discourse of freedom that followed the Emancipation Proclamation. Readings will include works by Booker T. Washington, James Weldon Johnson, Charles Chesnutt, Harriet Wilson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Sutton Griggs. In addition, we will read historiography on African American slavery, freedom, and urbanization.
Class Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly paper or critique
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: History majors and Africana Studies concentrators
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Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives,AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora, HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1245
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HIST 482 - T1 (F) TUT Fictions of Afr-Amer History (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Gretchen Long
TBA 1245 Open
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