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John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: LIT                                     Course Number: 212                                    
Course Title: Literature of the African World
Subject: Literature
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


Literature of the African World is a critical examination of exciting literary voices from Africa, the Caribbean and North America. Authors, such as Wole Soyinka, Ngui wa Thiong'o, Buchi Emecheta, Derek Walcott, Leopold Senghor, Michelle Cliff, Louise Bennett, Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, Alice Walker, Gloria Naylor, Reginald McKnight, and August Wilson, give the course its unique flavor. The readings in short fiction, prose, poetry, and drama which explore thematic concerns such as tradition vs. modernity, colonialism, rites of passage, and oral narrative traditions, enable students to gain an indispensable diasporic perspective that will enlarge their view of themselves, their world and literature.

Prerequisite: ENG 101 and ENG 102.
Start Date:    08/31/2001                         End Date: