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Introduction to African American Literature I: 1600-1910

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T. Pickens

Course Long Title

Introduction to African American Literature I: 1600-1910

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This introductory course traces the development of a distinct African American literary tradition from the Atlantic Slave Trade to 1910. Students examine music, orations, letters, poems, essays, slave narratives, autobiographies, fiction, and plays by Americans of African descent. The essential questions that shape this course include: What is the role of African American literature in the cultural identity and collective struggle of Black people? What themes, tropes, and forms connect these texts, authors, and movements into a coherent living tradition?

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(English: R, E, DL), Africana: Historical Persp.

INDS Program Relationship

IDAF - AFR Program, IDAM - AMST Program

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