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Modern African-American Literature

Course NumberENG 278W
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: 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.
  1. Interpret the meanings of literary works using various theoretical approaches.
  2. Identify various literary genres.
  3. Demonstrate analytical understanding through writing.
  4. Demonstrate a mastery of literary devices such as plot, tone, character, setting, and theme.
  5. 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.
  1. Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  2. Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  3. Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.
  4. 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.
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the lives of the authors and the society in which they lived.
  2. Discuss the relevancy of literature to contemporary society.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of how issues of race, class and gender have influenced the African American literary sensibility.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of how the African American literary sensibility has influenced the American literary sensibility.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of how African American writers responded to major literary movements in American culture from the 20th century to the present.

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