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

Fall 2004

E 314V • African American Literature and Culture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
32107 MW
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
PAR 102

Course Description

This course explores post-WWII novels, autobiographies, and poems in the context of protest and the civil rights movement, broadly conceived. Throughout, we will investigate how differences in gender, class, and location play out within the texts and inflect their engagement with questions of African American identity and social change. While we will necessarily attend to the social and political contexts surrounding these works, we will also focus on their literary characteristics.

Grading Policy

Paper 1 (6-8 pages) 30%
Paper 2 (6-8 pages) 30%
Group Presentation 15%
Homework and quizzes 15%
Response papers (3) and participation 10%


Chimes, Hester, If He Hollers Let Him Go
Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Moody, Ann, Coming of Age in Mississippi
Morrison, Toni, Song of Solomon


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