College of Arts and Sciences
ENGL/INDS 240: Introduction to African American Literature and Culture
Section 1: TTh 9:30-10:50, Thompson W231
Office: Fenton 265; M 10-12, 2-4, TTh 11-12, W 11-12, 1-3, and by appointment; 673-3856
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World, Spring 2013
There are any number of directions we could have taken in this final unit of the course--comparing literature by writers of African descent from outside the borders of the United States with African American literature, examining writings by African Americans who were active in colonizationist or pan-Africanist or third worldist movements, considering the reception of African American literature and cultural productions outside the United States, or discussing the impact of Africa and the slave trade on patterns in world history and political economy. We could have focused even more on the figure of W.E.B. Du Bois, whose novel Dark Princess and autobiography Dusk of Dawn situate African American history in a world context, or on Paule Marshall's novel The Chosen Place, The Timeless People which links the history of the slave trade and of slavery with the politics of development and neo-colonialism in the 1960s Caribbean, or on Gayl Jones's novel Corregidora, or on Maryse Conde's novel I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem which connects North and South American histories, or on Martin Delany's novel Blake; or the Huts of America, or Gloria Naylor's novel Mama Day or....
Instead, we're going to focus on putting Nella Larsen's Quicksand and Nalo Hopkinson's The Salt Roads in the context of African American literature that focuses on diaspora and empire, global passages, and a black planet..
Suggestions for further exploration: