ENGL234 - African-American Literature and Culture

The course explores 20th and 21st century literary and cultural productions of black American and Diaspora writers. We will look at representations of race in the color-line fiction of Charles Chesnutt and James Weldon Johnson.  We will examine sexuality, politics, and racial uplift in Harlem Renaissance literature; racial passing in the fiction of Nella Larsen and in the films of Julie Dash; political struggle in civil rights narratives; black nationalism in 1960s and 1970s narratives; and finally, we will look at the way contemporary writers and filmmakers, explore the prospects of a post-racial America.

Also offered as AASP298L. Credit will be granted for one of the following: AASP298L or ENGL234.