Wednesday, March 19, 2014

African American Literary Studies @ SIUE -- Fall 2014

Our undergraduate course in African American literature for Fall 2014.  

ENG 205: Intro. to African American Texts (MW 1:30 – 2:45 pm)
Professor Tisha Brooks

This survey course is designed to introduce students to a range of African American texts, including poetry, autobiography, short fiction, novels, essays, drama, as well as works from the oral tradition, such as songs, folktales, sermons and speeches.

ENG 341: African American Women’s Writing (MW 12:00 – 1:15pm)
Professor Tisha Brooks

In this class, we will consider the varying purposes for which black women have written in the face of tremendous obstacles and challenges. Focusing on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, our exploration of black women writers will include works by Harriet Jacobs, Hannah Crafts, Pauline Hopkins, Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larsen, Toni Morrison, Paule Marshall and screenwriter/producer Julie Dash.

ENG 343: Becoming a Rap/Poetry Genius (MWF 11:00 – 11:50 am)
Professor Howard Rambsy II

With the popular sites Rap Genius & Poetry Genius as our focus, this course will examine the art of annotation while utilizing an interactive digital platform to develop our skills engaging works by Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, Jay Z, Lil Wayne, and Lauryn Hill.

ENG 465: Black Diaspora Literature (TR 2:00 – 3:15 pm)
Professor Elizabeth Cali

In this course, we will think about the ways that Black diaspora authors and their literatures construct space, location, and time to visualize and revise histories of enslavement, displacement, and estrangement. We will consider how writers such as Teju Cole, Nalo Hopkinson, Chimamanda Adichie, and Mary Prince depict histories of enslavement, construe diasporic experiences and identities, and theorize community and kinship from Africa to the Greater Caribbean to North America.

African American Literature @ SIUE 

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