English 133A

A.A. Literature: African American Literature and Culture Before 1917

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Fall 2008 Wagner, Bryan
Wagner, Bryan
MWF 2-3 206 Wheeler

Other Readings and Media

Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative and Other Writings; David Walker, Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World; Frederick Douglass: The Narrative of the Life; Harriet Wilson, Our Nig; Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl; Frances E. W. Harper, Iola Leroy; Charles Chesnutt, The Marrow of Tradition; W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk; James Weldon Johnson, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man. There will also be a course reader with short works by Lucy Terry, Phillis Wheatley, Nat Turner, Maria Stewart, Sojourner Truth, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Booker T. Washington, and Pauline Hopkins.


A survey of major African American writers in the context of slavery and its immediate aftermath. There will be weekly writing, a midterm, two essays, and a final exam.

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