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ENGL-206 African American Literature

In this course, students study oral and written stories of African American writers from the 18th century through the Harlem Renaissance to present times, including authors such as Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Students analyze major themes like alienation, identity, double-consciousness, racism, classism, rebellion, revolt, and escape. They both evaluate these works for their literary merit and make connections between the literature and their own experience. This course is writing intensive.





Hours Weekly

3 hours weekly

Course Objectives

1. Recognize literary terms, concepts, critical strategies and stylistic characters in the texts studied.

2. Demonstrate critical and independent thinking in the interpretation of texts.

3. Write analytically about literary works, using appropriate research and documentation.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of ways the literature studied reflects its intellectual, social, historical, and cultural contexts.

5. Evaluate the power of literature to address personal values and goals and to challenge human endeavors.

6. Examine the place of African American Literature within canons of American Literature.