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Early African American Literature: Freedom, Fugitivity, and Servitude in the Atlantic World

ENGL 016.402
crosslisted as: AFRC 017
instructor(s):
TR 3-4:30 pm
Sector III: Arts & Letters of the College's General Education Curriculum

 This course will consider writings about freedom, fugitivity, and servitude in North America during the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, with a primary focus on Black literature. We will read court cases, poetry, black mariner narratives, slave narratives, political pamphlets, and novels. In addition, we will read current literary and cultural theory about how the era and experience of transatlantic chattel slavery generated a profound body of work on what it might mean to live a free life, work that speaks still speaks to our own futures.