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African American Literature and Culture

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2015 -> 2015

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0


Objectives: This seminar aims to introduce 3rd year BA students to the major themes and texts of African American literature. We begin with the slave narrative, recording the experiences of escaped slaves, and finish with Toni Morrison's Beloved (1987). In between, we will discuss issues of language, dialect, political art, music, genre, and gender as we read poems, novels, speeches, short stories, several chapters of W.E. B. Du Bois's influential The Souls of Black Folk (1903). A guest speaker will come lecture on the civil rights contributions of the folk singer Woody Guthrie and perform on guitar to accompany the talk. Finally, students will have the opportunity to enroll for the annual spring African American History study trip to Paris with a solid background of the texts written by writers who made the most impact on African American culture and intellectual life.


Evaluation: Students will either submit a final essay OR complete two written assignments during the semester which consist of answering several short-essay questions. The student may choose which mode of evaluation she/he prefers. In addition to this written component, every student must sign up for one discussion topic and prepare questions and lead a small-group discussion on a given day.

Exigences du cursus d'études

Students must have taken at least one explication de text course and completed it before spring 2015.

Informations supplémentaires


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