English | Studies in American Culture
L384 | 2227 | Kilgore


L384 2227 KILGORE
Studies in American Culture

4:00P-5:15P TR (30) 3 CR.

TOPIC: JUST ENOUGH FOR THE CITY: AFRICAN AMERICANS AND URBAN
LITERATURE

During the 20th century the black experience of American life was
largely urban.  The result is a literature that defines what it
means to live in cities that have been sites of liberation,
invention, hope, and of confinement, violence, despair.  This course
will address that literature and its ability to represent and shape
the new identities that African Americans crafted for themselves and
the nation at large.  During the semester we will examine novels,
plays, poems, music and images that dramatize the black experience
in the nation's great cities.  Authors such as Langston Hughes,
Richard Wright, Lorraine Hansberry, Toni Morrison will be read in
company with the work of photographer Gordon Parks and the music of
Charles Mingus.  Course assignments will include two short papers (3-
5 typewritten pages, double-spaced), two exams, one team project,
active and informed classroom participation and attendance.