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African-American Literature

ENGL 081.401
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TR 12-1:30

This course will be a survey of writings by and about Americans of African descent. In our examinations of slave narratives, poetry and prose of the Harlem Renaissance, and literature from the post- Civil Rights period, we will explore how specific political strivings for fundamental American rights influenced the form and content of important authors such as Frederick Douglass, Mary Jacobs, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, and Ishmael Reed. Course requirements: a short paper (3-5 pages), a longer paper (7 pages), a mid-term examination, and weekly writing assignments.