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ENGL227M - Survey of African American Literature (3-0-3)

This course will examine the written and oral works produced by African-Americans over their 400-year history and place these works in historical context. Students will read a wide selection of non-fiction and fiction including, but not limited to, slave narratives, poetry, plays, short stories, novel excerpts, and speeches. Students will apply critical thinking skills to the readings supported, when possible, by audio and video presentations. This course contains a strong historical perspective and students will be encouraged to discuss how this literature reflects on the past while relating to current racial issues. Course themes will include identity, authenticity, double-consciousness, passing, and protest. Prerequisites: ENGL110XM or ENGL110M. (Fulfills English or Humanities requirement)