African American Literature

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    African American Literature

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    African Studies, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description:
    What is African American literature? What aesthetic traditions and political aspirations define African American literature? How does race play a determinative role in culture and narrative formation? How do race, class, gender, and sexuality interact in African American
    literature? How does African American literature reflect on and reshape American literary culture and history? In this introductory course, we will study a range of genres, including fiction, poetry, autobiography, nonfiction prose and film, from the 18th century to the present.
    We will examine the critical connections between historical circumstances (including slavery, Reconstruction, the Great Migration, and Jim Crow) and the formation of narratives and the body of literature. These cultural texts will allow us to see how the history and
    aesthetic traditions of African American literature have created a uniquely African American voice and cultural identities. We will also explore how African Americans have contributed to, have been influenced by, and have transformed America.

    Required Texts:

    • Frederick Douglass, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
    • Charles W. Chesnutt, The Marrow of Tradition. W.W. Norton & Company, 2012. (ISBN:9780393934144)
    • Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye. Vintage, 2007. (ISBN: 9780307278449)
    • Texts will be available at UniStore at the beginning of the semester.
    • Other required reading materials will be posted on Blackboard.

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