ENGL470 - African-American Literature: Beginning to 1910

The course examines major traditions and motifs of African American writing of the nineteenth century. We will be looking at a variety of genres--slave narratives, autobiographies, fiction, poetry, and travel writing--and considering a number of literary and cultural issues, such as the rhetorical challenge of speaking across the color line. Among the works we will be reading are David Walker's Appeal, Frederick Douglass's "The Heroic Slave," Harriet Wilson's Our Nig, and Charles Chesnutt's The House Behind The Cedars. Two papers, a number of short "response" papers, a midterm, and a final exam.


Two lower-level English courses, at least one in literature; or permission of ARHU-English department.