Syllabus--English 374-01 Professor Ferguson
Early African American Writers Fall 2001
Office: McIver 111; office hours: MWF 10-11 & by appt.
Students will read closely the writings of early Africans in America and critically evaluate their impact on and interaction with mainstream American and other cultures. The course also has the following general goals to:
Identify and examine types of genre used by early African American authors
Explore the stylistic features of these works--characters, themes and such
Examine critical and theoretical approaches to early African American
Increase student ability to write organized, coherent, and insightful essays.
Students will read closely and write perceptively about ongoing course assignments and readings. Two 5-page course papers, midterm and final exams are required.
Call and Response: The Riverside Anthology of the African American Literary Tradition.
(1998) Patricia Hill, et al., Eds.
The Fanatics (1901). Paul Laurence Dunbar
Tentative Course Reading Schedule
Aug. 20 Introduction
22 African and African American Folktales: "Why the Hare Runs Away," pp. 60-61
24 African and African American Folktales: "Tar Baby," pp. 63-64
27 Spirituals: "Steal Away," pp. 236-237; "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," p. 237
31 Earliest African American Poets: Lucy Terry: "Bars Fight," pp. 90-91
Sept. 3 LABOR DAY, NO CLASS
5 Jupiter Hammon: "An Evening Thought: Salvation by Christ, with Peneten-tial
[sic] Cries," pp. 74-76
7 Phillis Wheatley: "On Being Brought from Africa to America," p. 98
10 Benjamin Banneker: "Letter to Thomas Jefferson," pp. 156-160
12 Banneker continued; FIRST DRAFT OF FIRST ESSAY DUE
Green," pp. 105-109
Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African, Written by Himself, pp. 114-136
19 Equiano continued; FIRST ESSAY DUE
21 Early Black Nationalism: Henry Highland Garnet: "An Address to the
Slaves of the United States," pp. 264- 272
24 David Walker: David Walker
26 Thomas Gray: The Confessions of Nat Turner, pp. 418-432; REVISION OF
FIRST ESSAY DUE
28 Nat Turner continued
Oct. 1 Paul Laurence Dunbar: The Fanatics
3 The Fanatics continued
5 MIDTERM EXAM
FALL BREAK, NO CLASSES
10 The Fanatics continued
12 The Fanatics continued
15 James Whitfield: From America and Other Poems, America, pp. 377-381
17 George Moses Horton: "On Hearing of the Intention of a
Gentleman to Purchase the Poet
22 Fugitive Slave Narratives: Frederick Douglass: Narrative of the Life of
Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, pp. 272-319
24 Douglass continued
29 Jacobs continued
31 Jacobs continued
Nov. 2 Early African American Feminism: Sojourner Truth: "Speeches," pp. 258-264
7 Lucy Craft Laney: "The Burden of the Educated Colored Woman," pp.
9 Anna Julia Cooper: From Voice of the South, pp. 641-650
12 First African American Novel: William Wells Brown: Clotelle: A Tale of the
Southern States, pp. 513-522; SECOND ESSAY DUE
14 Brown continued
16 Post-Bellum Slave Narratives: Elizabeth Keckley: Behind the Scenes;
or Thirty Years a Slave, and Four Years in the White House (Handout)
THANKSGIVING BREAK, NO CLASSES
26 Charles W. Chesnutt: "The Passing of Grandison," (Handout)
28 Chesnutt continued
30 Booker T. Washington: Up from Slavery, pp. 658-660, 673-684
Dec. 3 Washington continued
5 W. E. B. DuBois: Souls of Black Folk; pp. 732-748
7 W. E. B. DuBois continued
10 Exam Review
12 FINAL EXAM, 8 AM- 11 AM
The final course grade is determined by two, 5-page essays that count for 25% each (50%), a midterm exam that counts for 20%, and a final exam that counts for 30%. All students will prepare a first draft of the course essays and revise those that do not receive at least a C; the final grade will be the highest grade of all drafts. The topic for the first essay is assigned, but you pick the topic for the second paper, which must be approved. ALL COURSE WORK IS EXPECTED TO BE TURNED IN ON TIME, and late papers are dropped one whole letter grade.
Makeup exams are rare, except for medical emergency for which the student provides documentation. Grades are based on the following: A= 4.0; A-= 3.7; B+= 3.3; B= 3.0; B-= 2.7; C+= 2.3; C= 3.0; C-= 1.7; D+= 1.3; D= 1.0; D-= .7; F= 0; WF= 0
Students who have more than four unexcused absences are dropped from the class. Tardiness will not be tolerated, and the classroom door will be closed promptly at 9:00 AM each class day.
Office: 111 McIver Bldg.
Office Hours: MWF, 10:00 AM-11:00 AM and by appointment.
Office Phone: 334-5484; E-mail:shfergus@.uncg.edu
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