ENG 257 African American Literature

Focuses on African-American culture and tradition (social, political, historical) through an exploration of the literature by African-Americans. Studies works by African-American writers on their own terms, understanding the genres they created, the subjects they expressed, and their indelible voices in the American grain. This emphasis on African American voices, on their own terms, enriches understanding not only of these primary American authors, but also enriches an understanding of the rich cultural diversity of American literature. Recommended: WR 121 English Composition skill level suggested.




Lower Division Transfer (LDT) Course

General Education Requirements

Cultural Literacy AAOT/AAS, AS Liberal Arts Core 2, AGS Humanities/Arts, AAOT Arts & Letters, AAS Human Relations, AS Cultural Diversity,


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
Describe how African American culture and literature has contributed to American literature in exploring the human condition. Explain how difference is socially constructed. Using historical and contemporary examples, describe how perceived differences, combined with unequal distribution of power across economic, social, and political institutions, result in discrimination. Analyze ways in which the interactions of social categories, such as race, ethnicity, social class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability, and age, are related to difference, power, and discrimination in the United States. Identify and analyze complex practices, values, and beliefs, and culturally and historically defined meanings of difference.