English 3413 -- African American Literature
African-American Literature is not to be seen as a separate branch of American Literature, but is in many ways the most "American" of all literatures. It is a commonplace observation in American Studies that American culture is mulatto. There is no absolutely "white" American culture, just as there is no absolutely "black" American culture. In this course we will see how some of the most important work - novels, poems, essays, stories - of African-American literature deals with the most "American" of questions: freedom, values, family, moral decisions, religion. But we will also see how the questions of race, slavery, culture that have defined the African-American experience have shaped America as a whole.
the Life of Frederick Douglas - Frederick Douglas
WEEK 1 Sept. 7-9
WEEK 3 Sept 19-23
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas - Frederick Douglas
Assignments and Evaluation
grade will include not only attendance and participation in class, but
also in class assignments and participation in group work.
Important Note: Always keep extra copies of your papers, on floppy disk, and make an extra hard copy of each assignment. I will be dealing with hundreds of assignments this semester. One or two are bound to get misplaced, so don't put yourself in an awkward position. Always have a backup.
The Secret to
the Participation Grade: 10% of your total grade is for participation.
This 10% is, in effect, a gift. It is very easy to get an A in participation:
just participate. Speak in every class. Make me remember you. If you
participate a lot, I will remember. If, at the end of the semester,
when I am giving you your participation grade, I remember that you spoke
in almost every class, and that you did in-class assignments enthusiastically,
you will be on your way to a strong grade in participation. If I remember
you speaking a fair amount, you will get a B-range grade. If you just
sat quietly -- even if you showed up for all the classes -- I would
give a C or lower. Just talk, ask questions, make comments, give an
opinion, argue, come for extra help and you will get a good grade in
participation. Simple as that. Take advantage of the boost this policy
can give to your grade.
(4) Quizzes 20%