Course code:



M - Intermediate

Typically offered:


This survey of African American literature - from its origins in the slave narrative to the present vivid prose of some of America’s best writers - considers the impact of slavery and race consciousness on literary form and power.

Readings include letters, essays, poems, short stories, and novels of some of the following authors:

  • Phillis Wheatley,
  • Frederick Douglass,
  • Harriet Jacobs,
  • Pauline Hopkins,
  • Langston Hughes,
  • Richard Wright,
  • Zora Neale Hurston,
  • Gwendolyn Brooks,
  • Ralph Ellison,
  • Toni Morrison.


A previous literature course or signature of the instructor.

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