ENG 257 : African-American Literature
Covers the major genres and authors of African-American literature from the period of slavery through the Harlem Renaissance.
Major topics include abolition, labor and conditions under slave bondage, reconstructing the black identity in the post-Emancipation Era and the Harlem Renaissance, protest against racist violence, racial passing and socioeconomic mobility, creation of a Black aesthetic.
Equivalent placement test scores also accepted.
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
- Recognize the importance of self-documentation as a means to claim the African-American identity.
- Examine the intersection of economics, history, culture, region, politics, religion, gender, and sexuality to African-American literature.
- Understand the legacy of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade to the African-American experience.
- Identify the relationship between African-American literary forms and Black vernacular (gospel, blues, jazz, sermons, stories, and the oral tradition).
This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Arts and Letters/ASOT-B, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAOT.