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AFR 220
Introduction to African American Literature Spring 2021
Division II
Cross-listed AMST 220 / ENGL 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: 20
Expected: 25
Class#: 4337
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: writing assignments for the course will total 20 pages, distributed over three papers
Prerequisites: none
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 220 Division II ENGL 220 Division I AFR 220 Division II

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