African American Literature
Seoul, South Korea
Area of Study
African Studies, Literature
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units3
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
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.
- 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.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations