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

Spring 2008

E 376R • African American Literature through the Harlem Renaissance

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35325 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
PAR 206
Richardson, M

Course Description

The eighteenth century saw the inauguration of writing from enslaved Africans in America. Even from a condition of bondage, their work contributes to literary and intellectual debates about the nature and limitations of freedom, personhood and citizenship. We will begin by examining issues of gender and sexuality from the perspectives of slaves and freed people. We will also examine works by African American authors writing a generation after slavery as they look back to slavery in order to imagine the future of African Americans. This course is a survey of major black writers in the context of slavery and its immediate aftermath. Throughout the course, we will view films and documentaries that illuminate this period of African American culture and history.

Grading Policy

Four shorter papers (2-3 pages each), 25%
Midterm, 25%
Final Exam, 30%
Attendance and Participation, 20%


Henry Bibb: Narrative of the life and adventures of Henry Bib
Olaudah Equiano: The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings
David Walker: Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World
Frederick Douglass: Narrative of the Life
Harriet Jacobs: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper: Iola Leroy
Charles Chesnutt: Marrow of Tradition
Nella Larsen: Quicksand and Passing


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