ENGL317 - African American Literature
0101 - Edlie Wong

This course surveys the development of black literary expression and cultural thought from the beginnings in the African slave trade to the 21st century. Ranging across literary genres, from the slave narrative to satire, graphic novel, drama, science fiction, and the modern novel, we will examine how black writers grappled with American slavery and its legacy of racial thought in what W.E.B. DuBois described as the “color-line.” We will pay particular attention to writers who used fantasy, science fiction, and humor to imagine different relationships to this racial past. In our readings, we will ask, among other things, how black writers changed peoples’ ideas about themselves, sent people to war, and built or broke down ideas about “America,” race, gender, and class. 


Two English courses in literature or permission of the department.