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Spring 2020 Catalog 
Spring 2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

EN 215 - African American Literature

Credit Hours: 3

A survey of African-American literature from its inception to the present.  The course will give attention to the influence of the African oral tradition and other pre-colonial cultural elements on subsequent African-American literature.  The impact on African-American literature of North American religious traditions, social movements, and historical events will be a key component.

Fulfills the following SUNY General Education categories: 

  • The Arts
  • Humanities 

Course Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate familiarity with the major genres relative to the Black experiences in Africa, the Caribbean and America;
  • demonstrate understanding of the major traditions and themes in African-American literature, from the early oral tradition to the present;
  • characterize the periods and movements in African-American literature, including African roots, Colonial protests, Abolitionist Writings, Harlem Renaissance, and modernism; and
  • write analytically about assigned texts.

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