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

Spring 2006

E 376M • African American Literature, 1940 to the Present

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33775 TTh
2:00 PM-3:30 PM
PAR 206

Course Description

The second half of the twentieth century has witnessed great political and limited economic change for the African American population. How has African American literature evolved in this context? How has it contributed to and impacted American and world literature? This course focuses on novels that marked generations of readers and writers, redefining their views on race, class, gender, and sexuality, with a concluding theoretical essay by Toni Morrison.

Grading Policy

Course work will consist of weekly responses to the readings, a personal paper, and a final exam. Each student must sign up to initiate one week's discussion and hand in their notes for that week.

Participation 20%
4-6 pp personal paper 40%
Final exam 40%


(starting beforehand is highly recommended):
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, 1937
Langston Hughes, Selected Poems of Langston Hughes, 1926 to 1965
Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun, 1959 (play)
Claude Brown, Man Child in the Promised Land, 1966
Ernest J. Gaines, Of Love and Dust, 1967
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye, 1970
Toni Morrison, Playing in the Dark, 1992


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