ENGL 126
Black Literature Matters Fall 2017
Division I Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed ENGL 126 / AMST 126
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Black literature remains central to struggles for freedom and equality across the African diaspora. In this course, we will examine why black literature matters: What are its aesthetic and political imperatives? How have black writers used certain literary forms in their constructions of identity, freedom, and citizenship? Through our exploration of these issues, we will discover the significant matters of African American literature from the Harlem Renaissance moment to the Black Lives Matter movement. We will read a broad range of texts¿essays, novels, drama, and poetry–by such authors as Alain Locke, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Audre Lorde, Amiri Baraka, Nikki Giovanni, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jesmyn Ward, and Claudia Rankine and develop a critical vocabulary for evaluating and engaging with this body of literature. This course meets the Exploring Diversity Initiative in that it analyzes the dynamics of power and privilege in America from the perspective of socially disadvantaged groups and fosters an empathetic understanding of the beliefs, experiences, and cultural productions of these groups.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 19
Class#: 2064
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: several short papers totaling at least 20 pages; active class participation; other short writing and in-class assignments
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students who have not taken or placed out of a 100-level ENGL course; AFR concentrators; AMST majors
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 126 Division I AMST 126 Division II

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