Courses & Programs

African American Literature [C]

COURSE CODE: ENG 235

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITES: Prerequisite: ENG 102

This survey course introduces the student to the literature that writers of African and African American heritage created from its beginning in Colonial America to the present time. The course will examine a number of writers, genres, and themes. It will also analyze the historic, socio-political, and cultural forces which helped to shape the African American experience and will emphasize interlocking race, gender, and class perspectives whenever applicable for analyzing literary works. Representative works and writers may include Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Sojourner Truth, Frances E.W. Harper, Charles Chesnutt, W.E.B. DuBois, Paul Laurence Dunbar, James Weldon Johnson, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, Ann Petry, James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, August Wilson, and Walter Mosley. Prerequisite: ENG 102