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123251 AR Literature Course - Literature 1/2 (MA) American/North American Studies (2018S)

African-American Literature from Slavery to the Present

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 12 - Anglistik
Continuous assessment of course work

Details

max. 25 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 09.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Friday 16.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Friday 23.03. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Friday 13.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Friday 27.04. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Friday 04.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Friday 11.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Friday 18.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Friday 25.05. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Friday 01.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Friday 08.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Friday 15.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13
Friday 22.06. 12:00 - 14:00 Raum 3 Anglistik UniCampus Hof 8 3E-EG-13

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This interactive course examines the emergence and evolution of the African-American literary tradition originating in the experience of slavery and continuing to the present day. Arranged chronologically, the course traces the journey of African Americans from slavery toward greater freedom, justice, and social equality, spanning such literary traditions as the fugitive slave narrative, the literature of Reconstruction, the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, and vernacular culture. We will incorporate a broad range of genres, including poetry, fiction, the short story, the essay, the letter, and autobiography. Engaging with a culturally diverse literature, we will learn to analyze and critically evaluate how art and politics cross-fertilize to create a unique cultural heritage and literary discourse.

Assessment and permitted materials

I. Mini-Essays: Each student will complete two 1000-word literature analyses throughout the semester. They will also be in charge of critiquing each other’s work once according to the criteria provided.

II. Biography Report: Each student will give a 5-minute report on an author and prepare a 1-page electronic handout or 5 Prezi/PowerPoint slides for the class.

III: Classroom Discussion: Each student is expected to participate in the discussion each time we meet.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Please note that the information given further below may still be somewhat adapted until the start of the semester. The Literature Section is already fixed.

* Weekly attendance with all the required materials
* Careful reading and preparation of all course materials

Examination topics

All the texts discussed in class

Reading list

Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, ISBN: 0-06-083867-1
Toni Morrison, Vintage 978-0-09-951165-6

The texts can be purchased from Facultas Bookshop, Uni-Campus, courtyard 1. If you order independently, please make sure to buy these editions (i.e. order the ISBN given above).

Association in the course directory

Studium: UF 344; MA 844; MA UF 046
Code/Modul: UF 4.2.4-323-325; MA5, MA7; M04A
Lehrinhalt: 12-3250

Last modified: Fr 31.08.2018 08:42