This course considers African American literature in its aesthetic, cultural, historical, and political contexts. Focusing on both the history of African American literary production and representations of African Americans in literature, this course addresses literary genres such as slave narratives and pivotal cultural movements as the Civil Rights Movement. The course examines the relationship among literary aesthetics, race/racialization, and social context selecting from a broad range of historical periods as the Antebellum era to the contemporary ¿post-racial¿ moment. Topics may include the Black Atlantic, Black Feminist Literature, and Neo-Slave Narratives.
Prerequisites: ENGL 220 and one course from ENGL 221-239 strongly recommended.