|Introduction to African American Studies (I)|
The purpose of this course is to give students a sense of the richness of the African-American tradition by examining a number of cultural productions from an interdisciplinary perspective.
With the exception of Kate Chopin's "Desiree's Baby" (1893), all the works that we will consider in this class were made by African Americans.
Emphasis will be laid on how the concept of race has shaped the experience of Afro-Americans.
|Students will gain understanding of a wide range of art forms and subjects.|
Students will develop their reading fluency and analytical skills.
|Students are expected to come to class having read the assigned material.|
|Week 1: Introduction |
Week 2: Kate Chopin's "Desiree's Baby" (I)
Week 3: Kate Chopin's "Desiree's Baby" (II)
Week 4: Protest Songs and Jazz: "Strange Fruit" and "(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue"
Week 5: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man. Prologue and Chapter 1. (I)
Week 6: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man. Prologue and Chapter 1. (II)
Week 7: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man. Prologue and Chapter 1. (III)
Week 8: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man. Prologue and Chapter 1. (IV)
Week 9: History (1): The Emmett Till Case and Brown v. Board of Education
Week 10: History (2): Martin Luther King
Week 11: History (3): Malcolm X
Week 12: Hip Hop: Public Enemy's "Fight the Power"
Week 13: Film: Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (I)
Week 14: Film: Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (II)
Week 15: Film: Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing (III)
|Class preparation should include the following:|
1) Read carefully the assigned material. Look up unknown words in a dictionary.
2) Prepare discussion topics and questions to ask in class.
During the class:
At times, students will be required to make short presentations in English on the assigned materials.
Students are expected to participate in class discussions.
|There is no textbook. Students will be given handouts as needed.|
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Valerie A. Smith, The Norton Anthology of African American Literature.
|In-class participation and presentations: 20%|
2 essays (300 words): 40%
Term Paper (600 words): 40%
|The willingness to ask questions and participate in the discussions.|
The quality of the oral presentations.
The quality of the essays.