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

Spring 2010

E 376S • Afr Am Lit Since Harlem Renaissance

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35035 TTh
3:00 PM-5:00 PM
PAR 308

Course Description

This course will explore the significance of key historical, cultural and political events in terms of their influence on movements and developments in African American Literature and Culture. We will begin with Langston Hughes's autobiography in 1940, with its hallmark reflection on and synopsis of the Harlem Renaissance, and consider Gwendolyn Brook's exploration of gender, identity, reproduction and class in the life of Maud Martha, while moving forward to explore relevant poetry and criticism from the Black Arts Movement to the elegiac and musically inflected lyricism of the contemporary poets Cornelius Eady and Constance Merritt. Our course will particularly examine how aspect of visual and popular culture inform the themes of memory, music, and death in various African-American authors' works. Please note: This course will require a significant amount of writing. It will also entail a significant engagement with poetry.

Grading Policy

Active Class Participation, Including In Class Writing 10% Film Review Responses (four 1-2 page) 10% Poem or Prose Memorization and Recitation 10% Critical Essay (3-4 page)15% Critical Essay Revision (5-7page) 25% Final Essay Exam 25%


Langston Hughes, The Big Sea Gwendolyn Brooks, Maud Martha, (selected chapters) Randall Kenan, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead (selected stories) Jazz Poetry Anthology, (selected poems) Constance Merritt, A Protocol for Touch Cornelius Eady, You Don't Miss Your Water Documentary Screenings: The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond Hughes' Dream Harlem The World of John Coltrane


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