African-American Literature's Full Profile
African American literature grew out of the oral tradition of storytelling and spirituals. In this course, you will consider these verbal modes and their impact on the literary production of African American authors from the Colonial period to the current day. Along with considering the content of literary works, you will examine the cultural, historical, and political contexts of the literature, as well as how the issues of gender, race, and class affect the production and meaning of these works.In this course, you will examine the development of African American literature in seven units: Oral Traditions; The Literature of Slavery; Reconstruction to the New Negro Renaissance Movement; Harlem Renaissance; Realism, Naturalism, and Modernism; Black Arts; and the Contemporary Period. This course begins with a unit that studies African American literature’s inception through oral tradition. This unit will teach you about the beginnings of narrative and will ground your understanding in the development of the literary tradition.We will also identify the principal authors and characteristics of each of these periods and read representative texts.
Days of the Week:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
- Level of Difficulty: All Levels
- Size: One-on-One
- Cost: Free
- Institution: Saylor
- Topics: Literature
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Saylor Offers Courses In:
English Language Arts
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