AFR 220 Fall 2012 Introduction to African American Writing (W)

Cross Listed as AMST220, 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: discussion/seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation and four or five short essays, totalling about 20-25 pages
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Prerequisites: a 100-level English course
Enrollment Preference: first-year students, sophomores, English majors who have yet to take a Gateway 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: 1586
AFR220-01(F) SEM Intro African American Writing (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Vincent J. Schleitwiler
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Pareksy 220 1586
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