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Introduction to the Literature of African Diaspora: African, African-American, Afro-Caribbean, and Afro-Latin (ENLT 1162)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course will introduce you to creative writing by both African and African-descended writers, exploring how diasporic Africans created viable lives for themselves in a "New World," which includes the Americas, the Caribbean, and Western Europe. You will examine the common experiences shared by African Diaspora writers: cultural traditions, histories of domination and resistance, slavery and emancipation, colonialism and imperialism, anticolonial and antiracist movements.

Topical Outline:
1. Exploration of literature of the African diaspora
2. Ideologies and institutions among black communities in the Americas, Canada, the Caribbean, and western Europe
3. Slavery, migration patterns, colonization, political systems and social movements
4. Application of African diaspora theory to history, anthropology, sociology, novels, drama, memoir, music and print media through both written and oral class assignments

Learning Outcomes:
1. Display a clear understanding of African Diaspora
2. Articulate an understanding of the connectedness of the experiences of African diasporic writers through colonization
3. Analyze the work of artists (writers/musicians/filmmakers) whose work grows out of this field

Prerequisites:  ENGL 1110 or ENGA 1110

  • Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Goal 8: Global Perspectives