Module Identifier EN33220  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Helena Grice  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Course delivery Lecture   10 x 2 hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours. Seminar.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Essay: 2 essays (2,500 words each)100%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmit any failed elements and/or make good any missing elements. Where this involves re-submission of work, a new topic must be selected. 

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module, students will be able to:

1. demonstrate knowledge of a range of African American Literatureith reference to cultural and historical context;

2. identify genres within the scope of African American Literature with a particular emphasis on women'r fiction and black drama;

3. describe the development of the novel from 19th century slave-narratives;

4. articulate the impact on African American Fiction and drama of the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s;

5. read literary texts in an informed and critical manner;

6. engage in coherent oral discussion of the texts and their contexts;

7. write about the subject in a well-structured and argued manner with reference to cultural and historical context.

Brief description

The main goals of this module are to offer students a general introduction to the broad range of African-American Literature, and to place emphasis on particular genres within it, such as the recently celebrated women's fiction and the often neglected black drama. The module has to be very selective and to work within the constraints of what is in print and realistically priced, but I have designed it to focus on particular issues, such as the development of the novel from nineteenth-century slave-narratives, and the impact on African American fiction and drama of the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.



Seminar 1: Introduction: Slave narratives; lyrics of early blues and spirituals

Seminar 2: Black Women's Fiction I

Seminar 3: From Autobiography to Allegory and Satire I

Seminar 4: From Autobiography to Allegory and Satire II

Seminar 5: Black Drama I

Seminar 6. Black Drama II

Seminar 7: Black Women's Fiction II

Seminar 8: Black Women's Fiction III

Seminar 9: Black Women's Fiction IV

Seminar 10: Black Women's Fiction V

Reading Lists

** Should Be Purchased
Alice Walker (1997) Meridian Women's Press
August Wilson (1985) Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Penguin USA
Frederick Douglass (1982) Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave: Written by Himself Penguin
Gloria Naylor (1990) The Women of Brewster Place Minerva
Helena Grice et al. (2001) Beginning Ethnic American Literatures Manchester UP
James Baldwin (1991) The Amen Corner Penguin
Leroi Jones (1971) Dutchman and The Slave: Two Plays William Morrow
Ralph Ellison (1965) Invisible Man Penguin
Terry McMillan (1995) Waiting to Exhale Black Swan
Toni Morrison (1998) Song of Solomon Vintage
Zora Neale Hurston (1986) Their Eyes Were Watching God Virago


This module is at CQFW Level 6