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Spring 2018

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LIT210 - African American Literature
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Examines the binding, common themes of African-American literature from the late eighteenth century to the present. Establishes useful definitions for the novel, the short story, poetry, drama, and literary nonfiction (e.g. autobiography, essay, oratory) as they apply to African-American literature in particular. Prerequisite: ENG101.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. *Classify and analyze, through a minimum of two short-answer and objective tests, the historical development of the commonly agreed upon periods of African American Literature (where such agreement exists) from the Colonial period to the present, to demonstrate skills in literary historical classification and analysis;
2. Describe in writing or in oral presentation the historical and sociopolitical context of each of the commonly agreed upon periods, to demonstrate knowledge of distinct characteristics of African American literary history;
3. Discuss in writing or in oral presentation a minimum of three commonly agreed upon themes and/or aesthetic concerns particular to African American literature;
4. Discuss in writing or in oral presentation a minimum of three commonly agreed upon literary devices, structures, and/or forms of expression particular to African American literature;
5. Write a standard composition analyzing literary works of nonfiction including autobiography, essay, and oratory, in order to identify at least one literary device appropriate to each literary form under study;
6. Write a standard composition analyzing prose fiction in order to demonstrate character, development, point of view, setting, imagery and theme;
7. Write a standard composition analyzing four concepts in poetry, in order to demonstrate familiarity with speaker, figures of speech, patterns of rhyme and meter, and theme;
8. Write a standard composition analyzing six concepts in drama, in order to demonstrate familiarity with plot, character, setting, dialogue, movement, and theme.


* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.



Content Outline:
I. 18th century

A. Historical and sociopolitical contexts appropriate to (but not limited to) the Colonial Period

B. Analysis of selected literature from the period(s)

II. 19th century

A. Historical and sociopolitical contexts appropriate to (but not limited to) the Antebellum and Reconstruction Periods

B. Analysis of selected literature from the period(s)

III. 20th century

A. Historical and sociopolitical contexts appropriate to (but not limited to) the Harlem Renaissance, the Protest Movement, the Black Aesthetics Movement, and the Neorealism Movement.

B. Analysis of selected literature from the period(s)

IV. In depth attention to and analysis of 20th century manifestations of:

A. Literary Nonfiction

B. Poetry

C. Short Story

D. Novel

E. Drama




Effective Term: Spring 2007