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ENG 207 - African-American Literature

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: ENG 102  

This is a survey of literature by African Americans from the vernacular to the days of slavery, through Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, Realism, Modernism, the Black Arts Movement and Neorealism to current contemporary authors. Students view African-American literature critically, theoretically, historically and politically. In addition, the course creates an understanding of how diversity and inclusion apply to literature in the context of the United States of America and the world.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Identify literary movements of African-American writers in historical sequence.
  2. Analyze the literary and language characteristics of folk tales, poetry, essays, plays, fiction and autobiography writings of African Americans.
  3. Identify social, cultural and political trends that shaped African-American identity in relationship to the dominant culture and intersections amongst African Americans that influenced literature past and present.
  4. Critique how African Americans have recorded the history of America and its people through literature.
  5. Apply literary theory to interpret African-American literature.
  6. Apply literary criticism to interpret African-American literature.
  7. Research a variety of authors’ work and related literary criticism.
  8. Write analyses and arguments on the literature involving synthesis and documentation.
Listed Topics
  1. Principal historic movements, culture and political tendencies which influence a writer’s ideas and style
  2. Language structure and characteristics of each author’s writings
  3. Literary analysis of major works
  4. Recurring themes in African-American literature
  5. Representations of African-American identity in African-American literature
  6. Literary theory
  7. Literary criticism
Reference Materials
Current recognized texts, handouts, videos, study sheets, internet resources and multimedia
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 4/26/2021

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