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2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

AML 2600 - Survey of African-American Literature

Credit Hours: 3.0

Prerequisite(s): ENC1101 with C and ENC1102 with C
Corequisite(s): None

African American Literature will focus on the most significant writings of Black Americans from 1760 to the present. It is meant to introduce students to a variety of authors, genres, and periods, and will emphasize the development, continuities, and discontinuities within the African-American literary tradition. The course will pay special attention to the ways African-American literature intertextualizes elements of the vernacular tradition (spirituals, folktales, blues/jazz) and its own immediate past, but is a regenerative force of conscious construction and literary beauty within the history of American Literature. The course will also focus on issues of fictional representation of the black experience, including issues of heritage, identity, feminism, sexuality, and the idea of the African diaspora. Although chronology is obscured by a focus on genre, readings are arranged so that students can trace the development of various genres and various styles, themes, images, and structures across time and within individual author’s works. In this way, the course emphasizes the creative process, intertextuality, and literary history. A grade of C or higher in Communications A and Communications B coursework is required for entry into AML2600. This course meets the definition of a writing-intensive Gordon Rule course (State BOE Rule 6A-10.030) and satisfies the Research and Analysis area of the SF General Education requirement.

Parallel: College Transfer (A.A. and A.S)