Modern African-American LiteratureENG 278W
Prerequisite: READING LEVEL 3 and any approved College Composition I course with a minimum grade of C. Studies current trends in both cultural and historical contexts. Examines the ways in which Modern African-American Literature is influenced by American history and how it affects the lives of African-Americans. Credit may be earned in ENG 278W or LIT 278W but not both. (45-0)
Outcomes and Objectives
Analyze literature in the subject area.
- Interpret the meanings of literary works using various theoretical approaches.
- Identify various literary genres.
- Demonstrate analytical understanding through writing.
- Demonstrate a mastery of literary devices such as plot, tone, character, setting, and theme.
- Articulate an interpretative response African American literature during and post the Harlem Renaissance and explain the premises and assumptions that underlie these interpretative responses.
Participate in writing to learn activities.
- Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
- Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
- Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.
- Write a literary analysis that includes a clear thesis statement and uses academic sources to support this thesis statement.
Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural and historical context for this body of literature.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the lives of the authors and the society in which they lived.
- Discuss the relevancy of literature to contemporary society.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how issues of race, class and gender have influenced the African American literary sensibility.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how the African American literary sensibility has influenced the American literary sensibility.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how African American writers responded to major literary movements in American culture from the 20th century to the present.