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

Spring 2008

E 314V • African American Literature and Culture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34395 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
PAR 304
Richardson, M

Course Description

This is a survey course of some of the major works in African American literature from the mid-to-late 20th Century. We will discuss aspects of African American history and culture in order to contextualize the texts for this course. We will consider the following themes: How does they content and the methodology of history and sociology influence fiction? In what ways do these texts attempt to "speak back" to the major discourses of African American History and the major tenets of sociology? We will consider themes of race, gender, and sexual orientation in all material. 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. Considerable attention will be placed on close textual analysis, writing and revising skills. Readings may include the following:

Grading Policy

Attendance and Participation 10%
1 Page Response Papers 10%
Peer Reviews 10%
3 Page Short Papers 20%
Group Project Report 20%
8 Page Final Paper 30%


Richard Wright, Native Son
James Baldwin, Going to Meet the Man
Ann Petry, The Street
Toni Morrison, Beloved
James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son


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