SRJC Course Outlines

7/15/2024 1:12:59 AMENGL 31 Course Outline as of Fall 2017

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ENGL 31Title:  AFRICAN-AMER LIT  
Full Title:  African-American Literature
Last Reviewed:3/28/2022

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 

Catalog Description:
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Reading, discussion and writing about significant African-American writers and their works from slave period to present. The course uses both a thematic and historical approach to African-American literature.

Course Completion of ENGL 1A

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Reading, discussion and writing about significant African-American writers and their works from slave period to present. The course uses both a thematic and historical approach to African-American literature.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of ENGL 1A
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Spring 1991
American Cultures/Ethnic Studies
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 1991
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 1993
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1991Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Spring 1991Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.  Describe principles of literary analysis in relation to African-American literature.
2.  Apply principles of literary analysis to texts in African-American literature.
3.  Write critical analysis and response papers about African-American literature.

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Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Identify themes and concerns in texts of African-American writers and, when significant, recognize parallel directions in film, music, and the arts;
2. Demonstrate an awareness of historical patterns and emerging traditions embodied in texts;
3. Assess historical, sociological, and psychological trends and theoretical positions taken on works, illustrating internal cultural needs and responses to external social conditions;
4. Critically analyze the roles of stereotypical and archetypal patterns in creation of texts, as a reflection of race, ethnicity, gender, and class;
5. Identify diversity of experience represented in texts within and outside the African-American community relative to factors such as class, age, gender, religion, disabilities, and Deaf culture;
6. Compose logical and coherent analyses of texts;
7. Evaluate effectiveness and significance of individual works.

Topics and Scope
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I. Historical patterns that have influenced literary and artistic
 A. The European-American canon
 B. African proverbs and folktales
 C. The folk cry
 D. The shout
 E. Worksongs and spirituals
 F. Praise poems
 G. Sermons and prayers
 H. Improvisations
II.  Central or unique African-American literary responses
 A. Slave narratives
 B. Letters, essays, and oratory
 C. Voices of social protest
III. Thematic responses in historical context
 A. Slave songs of rebellion and resistance
 B. Civil rights for blacks and women
 C. Renaissance and Reformation
 D. Post-Renaissance and Post-Reformation
 E. Social Revolution, New Renaissance, and Second Reconstruction
IV. Critical approaches to African-American literature, appropriate to
eras, race, gender, and class in the United States
V.  The role of African-American writing, music, film, and art in the
predominant culture, both as an historical catalyst of change and an
understanding of common experience.  
VI.  Literary research techniques
 A. Literary criticism
 B. MLA Standards for research and scholarship

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1. Reading assignments of 50 pages per class session
2. Read full-length works, plays, short stories, and poetry
3. Read historical or supplementary material, and literary criticism
4. Write 4 to 5 essays of 1000 to 1500 words using research from primary and secondary sources
5. Research assignments
6. Oral group presentation
7. Collaborative writing project
8. Critical reading logs or journals
9. Viewing films or attending performance
10. Reading quizzes, essay exams, and final exam

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
60 - 75%
Essays, collaborative writing projects, critical reading logs or journals
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
15 - 20%
Essay exams; reading quizzes; final exam
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
10 - 20%
Oral presentation, group work to prepare for oral presentation, research assignments, participation in class discussion.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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American Captivity Narratives. Gordon M. Sayre and Mary White Rowlandson, eds. Boston: Wadsworth, 1999.  (classic)
The Confessions of Nat Turner. Kenneth S. Greenberg, ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins Series in History and Culture, 1996.  (classic)
The Women That I Am: The Literature and Culture of Contemporary Women of Color. D. Soyini Madison, ed. Boston: St. Martins/Griffins, 1996.  (classic)
Beloved. Toni Morrison. New York: Vintage, 2004.  (classic)
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Boston:Bedford, 2002.  (classic)
The Norton Anthology of African American Literature (2nd edition--paperback). Henry Louis Gates, ed. New York: W. W. Norton, 2003.  (classic)
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano. Boston: Coffeetown Press, 2008.  (classic)
The Piano Lesson. August Wilson. New York: Theater Communications Group, 2007.  (classic)
Their Eyes Were Watching God. Zora Neale Hurston. New York: Harper Perennial, 2006.  (classic)
Parable of the Sower.  Octavia Butler.  New York: Aspect, 1993. (classic)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.  Junot Diaz.  New York: Riverhead, 2008. (classic)
Waiting to Exhale.  Terry McMillian.  New York: Signat, 2005. (classic)
Instructor-prepared materials

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