Course Number 0626-3803-01
Course Name African American Literature
Academic Unit The Lester and Sally Entin Faculty of Humanities -
Lecturer Dr. Sonia WeinerContact
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Office HoursBy appointment
Mode of Instruction Seminar
Credit Hours 4
Semester 2020/1
Day Sun
Hours 12:00-14:00
Semester 2020/1
Day Wed
Hours 12:00-14:00
Fully online course Course is taught in English
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Short Course Description

The Department of English and American Studies
African American Literature
From Zora Neale Hurston to Nafissa Thompson-Spires
Seminar, Fall Semester 2020
Dr. Sonia Weiner

Office: Webb 503
Office Hours: By Appointment
Class Hours: Sunday-Wednesday 12:00-14:00

How did social-political concerns affect the development of the African American literary tradition? What connections were formed between politics, identity and literary aesthetics? In what ways did fluctuating perceptions of racism impact writing and reception? Can literature create social change, and should it? These are some of the central questions we will address in this seminar, which will focus on seminal texts of African American literary tradition from the Harlem Renaissance (1920s), and through the twentieth century till the present.

Texts (tentative list):
Harlem Renaissance: Claude McKay, Zora Neale Hurston
Inter-War: Ann Petry, Richard Wright
Postwar: Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin
Civil Rights & Black Arts: Malcolm X, Etheridge Knight, Kali Grosvenor
Post-Civil Rights: Toni Morrison, John Edgar Wideman
Present: Ta Nahisi Coates, Colson Whitehead, Nafissa Thompson-Spires

The primary texts will be read alongside the ever-expanding body of African American literary theory.

Course Requirements:
Active student participation (students will be required to present close textual readings and analyses of the critical material) = 50%

Seminar paper = 50%

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Course Requirements

Seminar Paper

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PrerequisiteWriting Proseminar (06262064) ORPro-Seminar (16622064)

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