E 376S • African American Literature Since the Harlem Renaissance
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Is the problem of the 21st century still the color line--as W.E.B. Du Bois (The Souls of Black Folks) termed it a century ago? And if so, how is the color line implicated in a postmodernist framework differently than in a modernist one? For example, writers like the late Claudia Tate (Psychoanalysis and Black Novels) argue that because of the continuation of racial oppression and "the demand for black literature to identify and militate against it, black literature evolves so as to prove that racism exists in the real world and is not a figment of the black imagination." This course engages modernist to postmodernist debates about the evolutionary process of the African-American novel as a racial protocol issue.
Four critical essays (four pages each, ds) 70%
Group presentations/reading quizzes/class participation 30%
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. 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 MLA format for all papers.
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Ann Petry, The Street
August Wilson, The Piano Lesson
Toni Morrison, The Margaret Garner Opera (libretto)
Van Jordan, Macnolia: Poems
E.P. Jones, The Known World