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Introduction to African American Literature II: 1910-Present

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T. Pickens

Course Long Title

Introduction to African American Literature II: 1910-Present

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This introductory course traces the development of a distinct African American literary tradition from 1910 to the present. Students examine music, orations, letters, poems, essays, 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? This course is a continuation of African American Literature I, which considers literary production before 1910.

Modes of Inquiry

Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(Africana: Historical Persp.), (English: Post-1800), (English: R, E, DL)

INDS Program Relationship

IDAF - AFR Program

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