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ENGL 4950 ATS: Literature of Slavery: Abolition (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

This seminar will examine the antislavery movement’s powerful impact on American literature and culture. Many nineteenth-century African American slave narratives, newspapers, and novels emerged out of and contributed to the struggle against slavery. Abolitionism also inspired bestselling novels such as Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Alongside nineteenth-century abolitionist texts, we’ll consider their lasting influence on contemporary writers, including Toni Morrison and James McBride, and in films such as 12 Years a Slave and Django Unchained. Since Boston was an important center of antislavery activism and literature, we will take advantage of libraries, museums, and other local resources throughout the semester.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Adam Lewis

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Fulfills the pre-1900 requirement


Last Updated: 24-Feb-15