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ENG-222-20, African American Literature

INSTRUCTOR: Margaret E. Mahoney, SSND, PhD

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: T1/Tuesdays/6:00 pm to 8:45pm/September 4, 11, 18, 25; October 2, 9, 16

CONTENT:

The introductory course covers major African American authors by examining form and style, issues of audience, and historical, social, economic, and racial issues and contexts in African American fiction, poetry, autobiography, and drama. Fulfills general education requirement in literature and cross-cultural studies.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

The students will:

-be introduced to major works, themes, and concerns of African American writers;

-explore the quest for freedom and literacy;

-improve their critical analysis skills, both orally and in writing, and  

-become more familiar with fiction, drama, and poetic terminology

METHODS:

Lecture

Class discussions

Quizzes and tests

Leadership of discussions by students

REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS: 

Preparation for, presence at, and active participation in each class   

Quizzes and tests                                                                               

Papers                                                                                                 

Leadership of discussions

If you know that you will have to miss a class, please do not sign up for this course. 

REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS: 

-Norton Anthology of African American Literature, 2nd edition

-The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison

Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:   

Read in the Norton Anthology excerpts from Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (chapter 15 “Mrs. Flowers”  or “Sister Flowers” in some texts and chapter 16 “Mam”; excerpts from Richard Wright’s Black Boy: chapters XIII (13 -Booklist) and XVI (16-Chicago).  

There will be a quiz at the first class on these chapters from Angelou and Wright.