African American Literature
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
09 May 2019
Requisites for this module
The writing of African Americans has played a crucial part in shaping a distinct yet fundamental presence in U.S. society and culture. As well as testifying to many massive upheavals, injustices, and movements in American history, black writers have often been at the forefront of literary experiment and development. This course will examine fiction and poetry that has attempted to shift African American experience from the literary margins into a place of undeniable cultural prominence.
The primary reading will be from the twentieth century, covering writing from the Harlem Renaissance, the great period of literary experimentation and militancy in the 1940s and 50s that followed it, and the writing of the Civil Rights period through to the present day. There will also be some secondary engagement with examples of folk tales and nineteenth century slave narrative and poetry that inform later work.
Following the development of twentieth-century African American writing in a generally chronological manner, we can chart developments of form, concern and effect in this vibrant, vital literature, as well as considering its links to broader historical, social and theoretical changes.
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Jean Toomer, Cane
Nella Larsen, Passing
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Poetry by Langston Hughes, Sterling A. Brown and Gwendolyn Brooks *
Richard Wright, Native Son
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
Alice Walker, Meridian
Poetry by LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez and Audre Lorde *
Ernest J. Gaines, A Lesson Before Dying
Toni Morrison, Love
* Poems to be provided on handouts
This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Essay (5,000 words)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Owen Robinson
LiFTS General Office - email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telephone 01206 872626
Dr Rebecca Katherine Tillett
The University of East Anglia
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.
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