105年第1學期-0182 文討：二十世紀重要非裔美國文學作家作品 課程資訊
|Attendance and class participation||15||More than 2 class absences may result in the failure of the course.|
|Literary responses||20||Students are required to write a 2-page response analyzing one specific aspect discussed in class.|
|Oral presentations||25||Students are required to present two topics throughout the semester.|
|Final research paper||40||A 6-8 page research paper in the correct MLA format is required for this seminar.|
By the end of the course, you should be able to a) conduct an academic research on a topic regarding any African-American literary works in the 20th century of your choosing, b) present your academic research and argument, c) engage in literary, socioeconomic, historical, and cultural discussions on the racial issue, and d) develop your independent and critical thinking on this highly touchy issue.
W.E.B. Du Bois states in The Souls of Black Folk, “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line,－the relation of the darker to the lighter races of men in Asia and Africa, in America and the islands of the sea” (9). With this notion in mind, this seminar critically investigates the theme of race in African-American Literature and examines how racial identity and inequality manifest in the selective literary works of four important African-American writers－Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison－in the 20th century. Furthermore, general knowledge of the historical and social backgrounds of the contemporary African-American society (e.g., Harlem Renaissance, Realism, Modernism, Civil Rights Movement, Black Arts Movement, etc.) will be introduced in order to solidify the understanding of the struggle of racial equality and advancement.
Office HourWednesday 9:30-10:20 A.M. or by appointment at the department office
* Primary Readings:
1. Baldwin, James. Sonny’s Blues. The Norton Anthology of African American Literature. Ed. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Nellie Y. McKay. New York: Norton, 1997. 1694-1717.
2. Morrison, Toni. Beloved. New York: Vintage, 2004.
3. Hughes, Langston. The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes. Ed. Arnold Rampersad. New York: Vintage, 1995.
4. Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. 1st Harvest ed. Orlando, Florida: Mariner, 2003.
* Secondary Readings:
1. Baldwin, James. "My Dungeon Shook". James Baldwin: Collected Essays. New York: Libr. of Amer., 1998. 291-95.
2. Hughes, Langston. "The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain." The Nation. 23 June 1923. 14 Apr. 2014. < http://hisblkamerica2012.voices.wooster.edu/files/2012/01/Microsoft_Word__The_Negro_Artist_and_the_Racial_Mountain.pdf>.
3. Walker, Alice. On Stripping Bark from Myself. The Norton Anthology of African American Literature. Ed. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Nellie Y. McKay. New York: Norton, 1997. 2379.
4.Walker Alice. Women. The Norton Anthology of African American Literature. Ed. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Nellie Y. McKay. New York: Norton, 1997. 2377-78.
5. Morrison, Toni. "An Interview with Toni Morrison." Contemporary Literature. By Nellie McKay. 24.4 (1983): 413-29. 14 Apr. 2014. < http://www.jstor.org/ stable/1208128>.