45 ECTS credits in English. EN-160 (part 1) and EN-162 (Part 2) or the equivalent must be successfully completed.
After completing the course, the student will be able to:
discuss the work of important African American literary writers
compare/contrast textual and rhetorical strategies of these writers
understand and identify the influences of oral and folk traditions, “signifying”, and musical art forms in the development of African American literature
understand theoretical concepts of race and racism and their relation to the development of African American literature and literary theory
understand histories of political and social resistance and their embeddedness in African American literary tradition
Upon completion of this course students will be able to
account for essential features of development in African American literature
critically evaluate primary and other relevant texts relating to African American literature and its cultural-historical context
write independent texts based on critical use of sources in line with relevant academic practices
The purpose of the course is to introduce students to a variety of creative writing produced by African Americans. In terms of the canon, much of this literature is written in response to the lived experiences, and the legacies, of slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow the civil rights struggle, as well as the persistence of white nationalism and other forms of race bigotry. The course will investigate selected literary texts in terms of their significance within an always developing African American literary tradition and also within the broader field of U.S. literature.
Lectures and seminars. The workload is estimated at 270 hours. An obligatory essay (2000 words) and obligatory oral presentation must be assessed as a Pass. 80% compulsory seminar attendance.
An obligatory essay (2000 words) and obligatory oral presentation must be assessed as a Pass. 80% compulsory seminar attendance.
Assessment methods and criteria
Individual home examination. Graded assessment.
The study programme manager, in consultation with the student representative, decides the method of evaluation and whether the courses will have a midterm- or end of term evaluation, see also the Quality System, section 4.1.