423 - 01: African-American Lit 1845-Present – WR
Meeting Times: MWF 10:00-10:50
English 423 (formerly English 323), a survey of African-American literature from 1845 to the present, will examine works of fiction, drama, and poetry, considering formal choices that define the literature, authors' negotiations of audience, and the social contexts that inform the writing. Among the course's recurring concerns will be the various ways in which writers have defined literature and its purpose within the period, as well as how the literature has developed key themes such as personal and group identities, history and memory, and surviving social danger and trauma.
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