20 Credits SPRING

Pre-requisites: LIT101

Aims/Description: "The problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line," W.E.B. Du Bois writes in 1903. The course will attempt to trace 'the problem' and explore Du Bois' prophecy by reading African-American literature written during slavery in the 19th-century (the slave narratives), during Reconstruction, during the New Americanization of the early-twentieth century, during the Harlem Renaissance, and in the aftermath of the Harlem Renaissance. As well as knowledge of individual texts, the course aims to investigate practices and problematics of an Afro-American tradition in relation to an Anglo-American tradition and in relation to questions of individuality and race.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, bulletin board

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