This course is an introduction to oral and written literature of African-American writers from the earliest times through the Harlem Renaissance to present times.
Dr. Barbara Cooper
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Course Requirements | Materials | Exams
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Identify and explain the significance of the different literary periods in African-American literature from the 1760s to the present.
2. Read critically and interpret African-American literature, answering questions raised in discussions and generated by the student's own inquiry.
3. Compare and/or contrast the historical, social, cultural, and literary milieus of significant periods in the development of African-American literature.
4. Write critically on tests, papers, and journals about ideas, issues and major authors of African-American literature.
5. Analyze the possible reasons for the treatment of African-American literature, including the oral tradition.
6. Collaborate with peers in posing and answering questions about the text, as well as questions posed by the instructor.
7. Research works from a biographical, historical, social, political, and aesthetic context.
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List the major topics
- Beginning to the Civil War
- Autobiography/Slave Narratives
- The Civil War to World War II
- Folklore: Tale, Song, Sermon
- World War I to World War II
- The Harlem Renaissance
- The Novel
- The 1940's to 1970
- 1970 to the present
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- Is not self-paced.
- Does not require on-campus meetings.
- Does not require real-time chats.
- The communication in the class will take place through Canvas mail and weekly response posted in the discussion board.
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This course does not have a required face-to-face orientation.
- Review the “What you should know before you register” section of the eLearning Homepage.
- Midterm and final exams
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Texts and Materials
Textbook information: To visit our bookstore's online sales site, please visit www.howardccbooks.com and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.
Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:
Review the Technical Requirements link above. The following plug-ins are required for this course:
- Acrobat Viewer
- Internet Explorer
- PowerPoint Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft PowerPoint
- Word Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft Word
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Exams for this course will be administered online.