610006 American Literature: African American Women Writers: Texts and Contexts

winter semester 2013/2014 | Last update: 07.10.2013 Place course on memo list
610006
American Literature: African American Women Writers: Texts and Contexts
PS 2
5
Block
each semester
English

This course is designed to help students appreciate the diversity of Black women’s writings from the eighteenth century to today. Students will be exposed to relevant literary theory and historical contexts that help them to develop critical reading and writings skills for analyzing literary works by African American women writers. By the end of this course students will be able to identify themes and concerns in the works studied, be aware of the socio-political contexts that shaped these writings, as well as have learned to express a critical voice in literature studies.

African American women writers have a long and unique tradition of contributing to American literature. Among the African American “firsts” in literature many names are female: Phillis Wheatley as the first published Black American poet, Harriet Wilson as the first Black novelist, or Toni Morrison as the first African American to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, to name only a few prime examples. Accordingly, this course strives to study works by African American women writers from the eighteenth century to the present. Rather than merely giving a survey overview, we will look closely at selected works of poetry, fiction, and drama by African American women writers. Additionally, we will study historical contexts and cultural settings that shaped these women and their writings. In doing so, we will put a special emphasis on the intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality in the United States.

A partial list of texts to be looked at includes works by Phillis Wheatley, Harriet Jacobs, Harriet Wilson, Frances E. W. Harper, Zora Neale Hurston, Lorraine Hansberry, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Sapphire.

Interactive knowledge transfer with short lecture inputs, close reading, discussions and group activities, peer review, journal writing …

Active in-class participation, discussion leading (presentations), reading and writing assignments, final paper

A list of novels to be read will be distributed in the first session of class. A course reader with relevant additional primary texts and excerpts as well as secondary literature will be made available for purchase at the beginning of the semester.

Prerequisite for the Bachelor's Programme (612): positive completion of compulsory module 3 and 16, for the Teacher Training Programme (Lehramtsstudium: 344): VO2: Introduction to American Literary Studies

For the Teacher Training Programme (Lehramtsstudium: 344): PS2: American Literature

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Fri 2013-10-04
13.30 - 17.00 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Fri 2013-10-11
15.00 - 18.30 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Sat 2013-10-12
10.00 - 11.30 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Fri 2013-11-29
15.00 - 18.30 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Sat 2013-11-30
09.00 - 12.30 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Fri 2013-12-13
15.00 - 18.30 40130 40130 Barrier-free
Fri 2014-01-10
13.30 - 17.00 4U102b 4U102b Barrier-free Induction loops for hearing impaired
Sat 2014-01-11
09.00 - 12.30 40130 40130 Barrier-free