E 314V • African American Literature and Culture
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
This course will survey the importance of place and community in African American literature from the Harlem Renaissance to the present. We will consider how the community in which characters live or move, from neighborhood to island, influences their conceptions of race, gender, and identity. As this is a writing-intensive course, we will pay particular attention to the style as well as the content of our texts. Discussion will also play an integral role in the course.
Three short papers (4-5 pages each) 45%
Final critical essay (5-7 pages) 25%
Oral report 15%
Reading responses and class participation 15%
Attendance is mandatory. More than three unexcused absences will result in a significant reduction of your grade.
Nella Larsen, Quicksand
Toni Morrison, Sula
Paule Marshall, Praisesong for the Widow
Gloria Naylor, Linden Hills
Dorothy West, The Wedding
Course packet will include readings by James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, June Jordan, and others.