ENGL 220
Introduction to African American Literature
Last Offered Spring 2023
Division I
Cross-listed AFR 220 / AMST 220
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

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: 25
Expected: 25
Class#: 3803
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
Enrollment Preferences: English majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 220 Division I AFR 220 Division II AMST 220 Division II
Attributes: AFR Interdepartmental Electives
AMST Arts in Context Electives
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
ENGL Literary Histories C

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