Course Catalog

GRAD > ENGL > 662

Modern Black Writers

The history of black (North) American literature has sometimes converged with mainstream American literature but more often it has been a separate and distinct tradition. This course considers the origins of this tradition in the slave narratives; its development in the early 20th century; its growth through the Harlem Renaissance; and its flowering in major contemporary writers. The course is also directed towards an understanding of the historical "problems" of Afro-American writers, including the black writer's relation to white audiences; the aesthetic versus the protest tradition; and the sense of "double consciousness" in black writers.

Offered in: