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

Summer 2008

E f376S • African American Literature since the Harlem Renaissance

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
84340 MTWThF
10:00 AM-11:30 AM
PAR 206
Mass, N

Course Description

In this course, we will examine a number of representative mid- to late-twentieth century African American authors, and we will explore the ways that these writers depict personal and population shifts across genders, genres, periods, and cultures. The texts at the center of our study feature a wide variety of geographical migrations as well as an array of perspectives, from the Southern "problem" of Richard Wright to the Jamaican-Canadian identity mapping in the poetry of C.S. Giscombe. We will combine these primary texts with secondary readings of nonfiction essays and literary and social criticism to help us contend with the conditions of individual characters, and to consider how their representations complicate and expand the category "African American."

Grading Policy

Paper #1: 40%
Paper #2: 40%
Wiki Posts/Response Papers: 10%
Attendance/Class Participation: 10%

More than three absences will result in a failing grade for the course. Arriving more than 10 minutes late will constitute half an absence.


Richard Wright, Black Boy (1944); Dorothy West, The Living Is Easy (1948); James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (1963); Ishmael Reed, Mumbo Jumbo (1969); Toni Morrison, Tar Baby (1981); Randall Kenan, Let The Dead Bury Their Dead (1992); C.S. Giscombe, Giscombe Road (1998)


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