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ENGL 2482 Introduction to African American Literature (Fall/Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course surveys African American literature from its early-American beginnings to its present. While different semesters may organize around different motifs, the course endeavors to introduce students to major periods (e.g. The Harlem Renaissance); key players (e.g. W.E.B. DuBois); and recurring tropes (e.g. the trickster) conventions (e.g. call-and-response), and themes (e.g. movement-and-constraint) in Black literature. Examining both a range of literary genres and a range of artistic, political, and popular texts, the course emphasizes African American literature as interdisciplinary and inseparable from the history and culture of both a dynamic black diaspora and a diverse and complicated America.


Instructor(s): Jonathan Howard
Allison Curseen

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with: AADS2482

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Last Updated: 31-Jan-18