Introduction to African American Studies

An introduction to the history,culture and arts of Americans of African descent.

Race and Ethnicity in America

The causes and consequences of race and ethnic discrimination in America, with a focus on ethnic competition and conflict.

Modern African American Experience

The twentieth-century struggle for civil rights, black identity, and self-determination.  The response to industralism and urbanization.  The role of black institutions and political organizations.  The philosopy and tactics of accommodation, intergration, and separatism.

Development of African American Literature

African American literature since 1773, particularly 1830 to the present: Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Dorothy West, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Alice Childress, Lorraine Hansberry, Amiri Baraka, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and August Wilson, including diverse voices rooted in the folk origins for literary forms.

African American Seminar

Recurring topics and themes in African American life from the perspective of the behavioral sciences and humanities.

History of African American Drama and Theatre

The emergence of a distinct and conscious African American theatre in the United States.

African American Poetry

African American poetry from the colonial period to the present, including slave and folk songs of the mid-nineteenth century, the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920's and contemporary poetry.  Emphasis on such figures as Langston Hughes, Margaret Walker, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sonia Sanchez, Amiri Baraka, Yusef Komunyakaa, Rita Dove, Kevin Young, and others.

African American Satire

Satire's purpose is to critique the status quo through parody, humor, and caricature, and some of the sharpest American satiric commentary is to be found in African American literature. In this course we will examine African American satire, primarily in novels read against the backdrop of their cultural moments. Film, art, movie clips, and comedy will be used to provide expanded context.bigsby_0.png

 

History of African American Drama and Theatre

The emergence of a distinct and conscious African American theatre in the United States