Survey of African-American Literature: Beginnings to 1900 - Writing Intensive (online)

Beginnings to 1900
English 3400W
Section 1
April Langley
Course Description

This course is a Mizzou Online Semester Based course, and is cross-listed as Black Studies 3400/01.

The Fall section of this course is offered online in the first 8 weeks of the semester.

This writing intensive course introduces students to the major developments, themes, and works of African American literature-from its eighteenth-century beginnings to 1900, the post-Civil War and Reconstruction Era.  The course has three objectives: 1) to explore African American literature's continuing response to the call of African, American, and Afro-British American oral and written traditions-in the form of folktales, songs, sermons, prose, and poetry; 2) to examine the social, political, and cultural influences of early African-American literature; and, 3) to analyze the implications of this literature through the following assignments: a) meaningful reading discussion board and peer responses, b) response essay that substantially revises previously submitted reading and discussion board responses, c) video viewing discussion board responses and peer responses, and d) one final essay.

This writing intensive cross-listed (English/Black Studies) course meets the Diversity Intensive requirement for students in the College of Arts and Sciences by providing a parallel survey of the history of race, imperialism, colonialism, cultural genocide, nation formation, identity, gender, and religion, sexual coercion, human commodification, and its implications for centuries of inequality and their concomitant multi-racial and multi-ethnic responses in subtle, militant, conservative, and liberal voices through the exploration of oral traditions and literary genres of people of African descent in the United States of American from their arrival as enslaved people from the continent of Africa to their arrival and subsequent (de)volution as chattel (movable, inheritable property, in perpetuity) and their post-enslavement reconstructed defacto slaves and half-citizens.