Topics in the Literature of Race, Gender, and Ethnicity: African American Literature

TUES/THURS. 11:20 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.

INSTRUCTOR: Ursula McTaggart

This course is a survey of African-American literature from the nineteenth century to the present. We will begin with a slave narrative written by Harriet Jacobs, continue into the early twentieth century with writers like James Weldon Johnson and James Baldwin, and conclude with contemporary authors Toni Morrison and Jessmyn Ward. Our most recent text, Sing, Unburied, Sing, by Jessmyn Ward, was published just last year. This course will help you understand the history, traditions, and contemporary importance of African American literature.