ENGL 4950 ATS: Literature of Slavery: Abolition (Fall: 3 )
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.
Instructor(s): Adam Lewis
Last Updated: 24-Feb-15