This class is intended to
introduce students to the literary works produced by African Americans in an effort
to provide a comprehensive, though not exhaustive, foundation of African
American literature. This class seeks to
interrogate the dynamics of African American literature across a host of
genres: memoirs, novels, autobiography, and science fiction. This class will center on how “America” is
represented from the standpoint of African Americans in addition to
understanding how African American writers negotiate their respective
identities in the face of American culture through literary representation. In addition to engaging literature, this
class will also focus on visual culture – paintings, photography, sculpture,
etc. – to come to terms with how the African American experience is expressed
through a variety of mediums.
*4 Close Readings
*4 scene analysis
Douglass, Frederick. My
Bondage and My Freedom.
Baldwin, James. The Fire
Toomer, Jean. Cane.
Larsen, Nella. Passing.
Butler, Octavia E. Kindred.
Whitehead, Colson. Apex
Hides the Hurt.
Morrison, Toni. The
Ellison, Ralph. Invisible
Wilson, Harriet. Our
Nig; Or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black