ENGL470 - African-American Literature: The Beginning to 1910

Prerequisite: Two English courses in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.

Beginnings of African-American literature including origins of literary expression in folk tales, songs, and spirituals; slave narratives; pamphlets, essays and oratory; and the emergence of poetry and fiction. Emphasis is on interaction between literary forms and the salient political issues of the day.