108年第1學期-0164 文討:二十世紀重要非裔美國文學作家作品 課程資訊

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選課分析

本課程名額為 20人,已有25人選讀,尚餘名額-5人。

評分方式

評分項目 配分比例 說明
Attendance and class participation 15 Students may fail the course with more than 3 absences
Literary responses 20 4 literary responses are required throughout the semester. Please note that any form of plagiarism will result in the failure of the course.
Oral presentations 25 Students will be asked to have two class presentations on the African-American writer and racial issues. Please note that any form of plagiarism will result in the failure of the course.
Final research paper 40 A 6-8 page research paper with the correct MLA format is required. Please note that any form of plagiarism will result in the failure of the course.

授課教師

蔡佳蓉

教育目標

In order to strengthen the objective of enhancing students’ knowledge of cultural diversity and international perspective, it is critically important to include African-American Literature in the academic discussions of and lectures on American literature. The Majors program aims at the literary tradition of the predominant White American Literature with selective literary works by African-American writers. Hence, this course provides a different perspective on American literature with a core emphasis on the significant African-American writers and their groundbreaking literary works which greatly reflect on the marginalized literature and contemporary society.

課程概述

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.

課程資訊

參考書目

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>.