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413 - African-American Literature

Credits: 
3
Writing Intensive (WI): 
No
Prerequisite or Requirement: 
ENGL 150, FYW, or equivalent
General Education: 
Yes
Perspectives: 
Artistic
Social
Class Description: 
Students will explore the landscape of African-American literature, and learn of its development throughout the 19th and/or 20th Centuries. From Phyllis Wheatley, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Ida B. Wells to Toni Morrison, from the Harlem Renaissance, and the Black Arts Movements of the 1960s to Hip-Hop, this course will explore African-American writers who inspired a civil rights and cultural revolution. Through writing, reading and research, students will grow to understand how, despite legal limits on freedom and social participation imposed because of their color in American society, black people created a vernacular culture unique within the American experience and contributed to the shape, growth and development of the nation’s literary character.