Monday, November 17, 2014

ENG 342: Movements in Af-Am Lit.: African American Travel Writing (T. Brooks)

Spring 2015  (MW 1:30 – 2:45)
Professor Tisha Brooks

One of the major themes that persists throughout African American literature is the theme of mobility, in particular the themes of migration and travel. Yet much of our thinking and understanding of the mobility and movements of black people has focused narrowly on their captivity and forced passages. The goal of this course will be to expand our understanding of black people as travellers, rather than just as captive or imprisoned bodies. Moreover, we will consider motivations for their travel, as well as the impact of their travel within their particular historical and social contexts. Moreover, through our reading, writing and class discussions, we will seek to discover the historical and literary significance of their travel and writing. The readings in this course will span the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries and will be a mix of selected excerpts along with a handful of full-length texts. This course will be collaborative in nature, so expect to be actively engaged in discussions.

General education requirements fulfilled:
Humanities-Breath; Fine Arts and Humanities; United States Cultures-Exp; Intergroup relations

African American Literature @ SIUE

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