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

Fall 2009

E 314V • African American Literature and Culture

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Course Description

Please refer to the course schedule for course days, time, room location, prerequisites and possible cross-listings:

This course will survey the importance of place and community in African American literature from the Harlem Renaissance to the present. We will consider how the community in which characters live or move—from neighborhood to island—influences their conceptions of race, gender, and identity. 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.

Grading Policy

Three short papers (4 pages each), 45%; Final critical essay (5-7 pages), 25%; Rough draft (4 pages), 15%; Reading responses and class participation, 15%. Attendance is mandatory. More than three unexcused absences will result in a significant reduction of your grade.


Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God; James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son; Toni Morrison, Sula; Colson Whitehead, Apex Hides the Hurt


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