HONR.3300.303: Contemporary African American Literature

Schedule of Readings

Date Topic Reading Home Work Paper or Test?

Tuesday, 1/17

 Introduction to the course. Brief Lecture on the Harlem Renaissance and Passing Novels.  Read the short Randall Kennedy essay “Passing” and the “Introduction” and “Preface” to James Weldon Johnson’s The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man. Read Johnson’s Ex-Colored Man, Chapters I-III.

Thursday,
1/19

Discussion of Kennedy's Essay, "Passing."

Ex-Colored Man, “Introduction” and “Preface,” and Ex-Colored Man, Chapters I-III. Read the two handouts on the Bildungsroman, and read Johnson’s Ex-Colored Man, Chapters IV-VII.

Quiz

Tuesday,
1/24

Discussion of the two handouts on the Bildungsroman and Ex-Colored Man, Chapters IV-VII

 Read Johnson’s Ex-Colored Man, Chapters, VIII-IX.  [Johnson Response Paper #1 is due in class on Thursday].


Thursday,
1/26
Discussion of Ex-Colored Man, Chap. VIII-IX

 Read Johnson’s Ex-Colored Man, Chapters X-XI.

Johnson Response Paper #1 Due
Tuesday,
1/31
Discussion of Ex-Colored Man, Chaps. X-XI

 Google and bring in biographical information on Percival Everett. Read Everett’s “Signing to the Blind,” pp. 1-4, and read Percival Everett’s Erasure, Chapters 1-6.

Thursday,
2/2
 Discussion of biographical information on Percival Everett,
Everett’s “Signing to the Blind,” and Erasure, Chapters 1-6.

Read “My Pafology” in Erasure (pp. 63-131) and read Erasure, Chapters 7-8.  

“Contemporary African American Literature and Cultural Terms” are due to be uploaded to Blackboard by Sunday February 5 at Midnight] 

Tuesday,
2/7
Discussion of “My Pafology” in Erasure (pp. 63-131) and read Erasure, Chapters 7-8.

 Read Erasure Chapters 9-13. [Hand out Introduction to Brainshark Assignment Sheets]

Thursday,
2/9
Discussion of Erasure Chapters 9-13.

 Google and bring in biographical information on both Richard Bruce Nugent and John Keene. Read Richard Bruce Nugent’s “Smoke, Lilies and Jade” and John Keene’s “Blues” [Handouts/ Please, read Nugent’s story first]. 

Thursday,
2/16

 Discussion of biographical information on Zora Neale Hurston, Walker’s “Looking for Zora,” and Their Eyes, Chapters 1-4.

Read Their Eyes, Chapters 5-9.

Tuesday,
2/21

MONDAY SCHEDULE 

Thursday,
2/23
Discussion of Their Eyes, Chapters 5-9.

Read Their Eyes, Chapters 10-14.

Paper #1 is due to be uploaded to Blackboard on Sunday February 26 by Midnight.

Tuesday,
2/28
 Discussion of Their Eyes, Chapters 10-14.

 Read Their Eyes, Chapters 15-17. We will spend 15-20 minutes of the class discussing your Group Brainshark Projects. I will also allow you time to decide upon a group coordinator and to exchange information.

Thursday,
3/2
Discussion of Their Eyes, Chapters 15-17.

 Read Their Eyes, Chapters 18-20. 

Tuesday,
3/7
Discussion of Their Eyes, Chapters 18-20

Google and bring in biographical information on Alice Walker. Read Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, pp. 1-50.

Thursday,
3/9
Discussion of The Color Purple, pp. 1-50.

Over Spring Break, read The Color Purple, pp. 50-150.

 

Spring Break, 3/13-3/19

Tuesday,
3/21
Discussion of The Color Purple, pp 50-150

Read The Color Purple, pp. 151-194.

Thursday,
3/23

 Discussion of The Color Purple, pp. 151-194.  

Read The Color Purple, pp. 195-251. [Begin working on your Group Brainshark Projects. You Must Work with Library Staff in the Media Center and use the libguide to help you find sources. You may need to consult a Senior Librarian]  
Tuesday,
3/28
Discussion of The Color Purple, pp. 195-251.

 Google and bring in biographical information on Natasha Trethewey. Read selected poems from Natasha Trethewey’s Native Guard. 

 
Thursday,
3/30
Discussion of biographical information on Natasha Trethewey and selected poems from Trethewey’s Native Guard.

Google and bring in biographical information on Nikky Finney. Read the “Introduction” to Nikky Finney’s The World Is Round and read selected poems from Nikki Finney’s The World Is Round.

 
Tuesday,
4/4

Discussion of biographical information on Nikky Finney, the “Introduction” to Nikky Finney’s The World Is Round and selected poems from Nikki Finney’s The World Is Round.  

Google and bring in biographical information on Toni Morrison. Read Toni Morrison’s Home, Chapters 1-5.  
Thursday,
4/6

Discussion of biographical information on Toni Morrison and
Home, Chapters 1-5. 

Read Morrison’s Home, Chapters, 6-10  
Tuesday,
4/11

Discussion of Home, Chapters 6-10. 

Read Morrison’s Home, Chapters 11-17.  Group 1 Brainshark Project Is Due.
Thursday,
4/13
Discussion of Home, Chapters, 11-17.

Google and bring in biographical information on Suzan-Lori Parks. Read Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home from the War, Part I. 

Group II Brainshark Project Is Due.
Tuesday,
4/18
Discussion of biographical information on Suzan-Lori Parks and Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home from the War, Part I.

Read Parks’ Father Comes Home from the War, Part II. 

Group III Brainshark Project Is Due.
Thursday,
4/20
Discussion of Father Comes Home from the War, Part II.

Read Father Comes Home from the War, Part III. 

Group IV Brainshark Project Is Due.
Tuesday,
4/25
 Discussion of Father Comes Home from the War, Part III.

Read Walter Mosley’s “Equal Opportunity” [Handout].

Thursday,
4/27
Discussion of “Equal Opportunity” (LAST DAY OF CLASS/WRAP-UP). 

 

Final Papers (Paper #2) and Reflection Papers will be due on the day of the Final Exam by Midnight. You will need to upload your final paper and/or your Reflection Paper to Blackboard.