AAAS S-100 Introduction to African American Literature

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7-week session | CRN 33871

This course introduces students to a variety of African American prose, narrative, poems, and plays, in order to explore topics such as race, identity, politics, gender, and language. These texts are read in their social and historical context. The ample variety of genres allows students to address questions such as how do different genres help shape narratives of the African-American experience? How do these texts inform and shape our understanding of American history? Part I of the course looks at African American literature produced during slavery, from Phillis Wheatley to Harriet Jacobs. Part II examines the period known as Postbellum, Pre-Harlem, from Paul Laurence Dunbar to W. E. B. Du Bois. Part III looks at the literature produced from the Harlem Renaissance to our days, from Zora Neale Hurston to James McBride.

Course information
Class meetings

On campus
Tuesdays, Thursdays, 8:30-11:30 am
Sever Hall 101

Start date

Tuesday, June 20


4 credits

Course tuition


Enrollment status

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  • Faculty

    Giovanna Micconi, PhD.

    Lecturer on African and African American Studies, Harvard University

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