ENG 257 Contemporary African-American Women'sWriting

Students will read short stories, novels, autobiographies, speeches, essays, poems, memoirs, and plays by some of the most celebrated writers in the world today. In reading literature written in the past two decades by and about African American women, students will examine the historical, cultural, and social dimensions of African American women's experiences. These writers - winners of National Book Awards, Pulitzer Prizes, and Nobel Prizes for Literature - raise fundamental issues relevant to men and women of all races and ethnicities. The writings of Maya Angelou, Octavia Butler, Rita Dove, Audre Lorde, Terry McMillan, Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker, and others will be explored. Prerequisite: ENG 102 or permission of instructor. Three lecture hours per week. Competency met: Multicultural Perspective (5.3), Humanities (6.0) 3 credits Offered alternate Spring semesters

3 credits
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