E422 – African-American Literature

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Prerequisite: One course in Literature.

Description: African-American Literature as a distinct tradition of writing and protest—with its own themes, preoccupations, ways of making meaning, and ways of negotiating the dominant culture (and literature). Any understanding of American literature needs to include African-American writers.

We’ll explore the differing perspectives of the authors and the different historical contexts within which they wrote. Writers will include Richard Wright, Zora Neal Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Ishmael Reed, and Toni Morrison.