English 203

Graduate Readings: African American Literature in the Twentieth Century

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
4 Spring 2014 Wagner, Bryan
F 11-2 301 Wheeler

Book List

Ellison, Ralph: Invisible Man; Hansberry, Lorraine: A Raisin in the Sun; Hurston, Zora Neale: Their Eyes Were Watching God; Jones, Leroi: Dutchman and the Slave; Larsen, Nella: Passing; Morrison, Toni: Beloved; Roberson, Ed: Voices Cast Out to Talk Us In; Toomer, Jean: Cane; Wright, Richard: Black Boy

Other Readings and Media

We will also be reading shorter works by writers including Ida B. Wells, Alain Locke, Audre Lorde, and Nathaniel Mackey. 

Supplementary reading in theory and criticism will include works by Houston Baker, Hazel Carby, Brent Edwards, Paul Gilroy, Robin Kelley, David Levering Lewis, Deborah McDowell, Harryette Mullen, Aldon Nielsen, Hortense Spillers, and Kenneth Warren. 


A survey of major African American writers in the context of social history. 

This course satisfies the Group 5 (20th century) or Group 6 (non-historical)  requirement.

Advance syllabus here.

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