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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Spring 2007

E 314V • African American Literature and Culture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33755 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
PAR 204

Course Description

This course is an introduction to selected African-American literature--slave narratives, novels, poetry, and plays--from slavery to the present. The course historicizes issues pertinent to the African-American literary tradition, such as slavery, double consciousness or the struggle for self-identity, as well as class, racism, and sexism. It thematizes these issues through stylistic forms, including the oral vernacular tradition, folk culture, double discourse, and chiasmus.

Grading Policy

Three critical essays (six typed pages each, double-spaced) 70%
Reading quizzes / Class participation / Oral and written (group) presentations 30%

Attendance: Regular attendance is required. More than four absences will be sufficient grounds for failure in the course. The four allowed absences will include illness, deaths of relatives, and other emergencies. Upon your fifth absence, you will be notified of your failure of the course, and you need not return to class. If you are more than five minutes late or leave before class ends (without permission), you will be counted absent for that class. You are responsible for all work covered in your absence.

Papers are due at the beginning of class on the date assigned. Late papers will not be accepted. Do not slide papers under my door. Use the MLA Stylebook for all papers. Type papers on white, 8.5" x 11" paper, using one side only. Bind pages with a paper clip.

Absolutely no make-ups for quizzes; however, your lowest quiz grade will be dropped. Please read the entire assignment by the first day of class discussion for that work.

Grading Scale:
A (94-95); A- (90-93); B+ (87-89); B (84-86); B- (80-83); C+ (77-79); C (74-76); C- (70-73); D+ (67-69); D (64-66); D- (61-63); F (0-60).


Henry Louis Gates, Jr., ed. Classic Slave Narratives
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, (Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1974)
Ann Petry, The Street
August Wilson, The Piano Lesson, (New York: Penguin, 1990)
Van Jordan, MacNolia, (Norton)
Phyllis Alesia Perry, Stigmata, (New York: Anchor Books, 1998)


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