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ENGL 012: African American Literature

Course Description

This course examines African American Literature from the 1700s to the present. Emphasis is given to the development of a body of literature that attests to the mastery and enhancement by Black writers of the prevailing literary forms in each era in America’s cultural, social, and political history. Students in the course have the opportunity to examine how literature reflects the experiences of Africans adapting to life in new world America, their struggle against and resistance to institutional racism, their efforts to create racial and social justice, solidarity, and liberation while carving out a new identity and developing new literary styles and conventions. The literature is examined through lenses of conventional critical theory and elements of literature.

Units: 3

  • Credit - Degree Applicable
  • Transferable to both UC and CSU

Course Details

  • Grade Options: Letter Grade, Pass/No Pass
  • In-Class Lecture Hours: 48 – 54
  • In-Class Lab Hours: 0

Requisites and Advisories

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Co-Requisites: None
  • Advisory: ENGL 001A

Transfer Details

  • CSU/UC: Transferable to both UC and CSU
  • WVC GE: C. Humanities
    F. Cultural Diversity
  • CSU GE: Area C - Arts and Humanities: C2- Humanities
    Area F - Ethnic Studies
  • UC/IGETC GE: Area 3 - Arts and Humanities: 3B- Humanities
Last Updated 10/14/22