ENG-330 African American Literature

This course is a survey of the periods and movements of African American literature. We study prose, poetry, and drama by various authors. Along the way, we seek to understand how African Americans have responded through literature to the oppressions of white America - slavery, segregation, violent and institutional racism - as well as how authors forge identity and create community through writing. We examine how these authors respond to their own literary tradition, how they shape form, style and genre in response to their historical context, and how they use writing as resistance, subversion, self-realization and celebration.(Literature Seminars) Prerequisites: 200-level Introduction to Literary Studies course (any version).


3 credits


One 200-level literature course (any version)must be completed prior to registering for this course.