AFR 140
Black Autobiography Spring 2018
Division II
Cross-listed COMP 141 / AFR 140
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Autobiography–whether slave narrative, memoir, or semi-fictional life account-has served as a primary form of writing for people of African descent. Although primarily understood as a textual means for articulating selfhood, Black autobiographies also ask other questions like: How do Black reflections on the self necessitate critiques of society and culture? How have Black autobiographies been utilized for political mobilization? And, what might a collective analysis of Black autobiographies reveal about changes in conceptions of Black selfhood over time? We will explore these concerns by reading autobiographies across time and space by authors like Ottobah Cugoano, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Alice Walker.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 3001
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation, two to three short papers (5- to 7-pages), and a 15- to 20-page paper or multimedia final project
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first- and second-year students
Distributions: Division II
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 141 Division I AFR 140 Division II
Attributes: AFR Core Electives

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