ENG 207H - H:Africn Amercn Lit; The City(4 credits)
Prerequisite(s): Only students in the Honors Program are eligible to enroll. This course will examine the Black urban experience in texts by African American authors writing over the course of the 20th Century. Our scope of consideration will include migration to northern cities at the end of the Civil War, the Black Migration during the First World War and patterns of racial development, as well as racial discrimination in the Black urban community. Literary interpretation will focus on ways in which the Black community reacted to and circumvented racist legislation in urban planning and landscape. Students will learn to consider the literature within a socio-historical context. Our approach to examining literature will be interdisciplinary and literary texts will be presented in chronological order, with attention to identifying and analyzing connections between historic and contemporary issues facing urban environments. This course may fulfill a General Education Requirement.
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