African American Literature

L396 — Fall 2019

Stephanie Li
Days and Times
11:15a - 12:30p TR (3 CR)
Course Description

This course explores the changing nature of African American narrative from its earliest inception in the slave narrative to its dynamic possi­bilities in the 21st century. We will begin with foundational texts by Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs to under­stand how slavery figures as a transformative experience for African Americans. Our discussion will highlight the different challenges men and women faced under condi­tions of bondage as well as various modes of resistance. We will then read a contem­porary novel that re-imagines the slave experience as we begin to ex­plore more recent African American narratives. Further discussions will focus on the social and political legacies of slavery as well as what black­ness means in the 21st century.

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