ENGL 261 American Literature: Essential Black Voices • 5 Cr.
This course is an introduction to the central themes and aesthetics of the modern and contemporary periods in black American literature. Authors and works vary but would typically include Maya Angelou, Ralph Ellison, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Malcolm X, Charles Johnson, Octavia Butler and Nikki Giovanni. Recommended: Completion of ENGL& 101.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Connect cultural attitudes, historical, social and political forces of one writer to another.
- Analyze and synthesize multiple points of view and positions within the context of various writers.
- Write critical analyses of major themes and ideas.
- Read and respond to the central feelings, thoughts and concerns of the writers.
- Associate writers to their respective themes and styles.
- Analyze major influences of the writers.
- Interpret and explain the role of writing as literary experience and the significance of literature in life.
- Acquire and use precise literary vocabulary and concepts with which to synthesize and write responses and analyses.
- Apply literary concepts and conventions to thoughtful engagement in and out of the classroom.