ENGL368D - Special Topics in the Literature of Africa and the African Diaspora: African American Folklore in Film and Literature

African American Folklore in Literature and Film explores a wide cross section of black traditional expression including narrative forms such as folktales, legends, and personal experience narratives, song forms such as sprituals and gospels, ballads, blues and soul, and custom and belief systems ranging from conjure traditions to ring shouts.  A multimedia course, it will approach these adn other genres in relation to their historical and regional context with an eye to variation over the 19th and 20th century.  Readings include Charles Chestnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, Gloria Naylor, Angela Davis, and Barry Lee Pearson.