ENGL 482

Twentieth Century African American Literature

This course considers African American literature in its aesthetic, cultural, historical, and political contexts. Within the African American expressive tradition, the course may address important literary genres (slave narrative, racial uplift fiction, blues poetry); distinct cultural forms (call-and-response, signifying, testifying); and pivotal cultural movements (abolitionism, the Harlem Renaissance, Black Arts, womanism). Possible course topics include the Literature of the Black Atlantic, African American Literature Between the Wars, and Black Feminist Literature.