English 133B

African American Literature and Culture Since 1917: African American Fiction

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2019 JanMohamed, Abdul R.
MWF 2-3 174 Barrows

Book List

Angelou, Maya: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings; Baldwin, James: The Fire Next Time; Hurston, Zora Neale: Dust Tracks on the Road; Morrison, Toni: Beloved; Nehisi-Coates, Ta: Between the World and Me; Walker, Alice: Third LIfe of Grange Copeland; Wright, Richard: Black Boy; Wright, Richard: Uncle Tom's Children


This course will examine some major 20th and 21st century African American novels and autobiographies.  This is a vast terrain to cover and so the chosen texts do not adequately represent the diversity and richness of the novels and autobiographies written during this period.  Rather, they are chosen because they significantly address paradigmatic issues, concerns, problems, etc., in modern African American culture. 

Texts: Those listed above plus articles posted on bCourses

Requirements:  two papers (about 2000 words) and final exam.  Papers will count for 30% each of the final grade and the final exam will count for 40%.

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