AFR 220
Introduction to African American Literature Fall 2014
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed ENGL 220 / AMST 220 / AFR 220
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 1482
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: writing assignments for the course will total 20 pages, distributed over 4 papers
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 Preferences: English majors and Africana Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST or AFR
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 220 Division I AMST 220 Division II AFR 220 Division II
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses
ENGL Literary Histories C

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