Women's and African American Literature
Grades 10, 11, 12
This course devotes the first quarter to women’s literature and the second quarter to literature written by African Americans. The first quarter will focus primarily on works written by women in the late 19th and the entire 20th century. One main goal of the course is to attempt to answer these questions: Why study women’s literature separately? How is women’s literature different than work written by men? Our understanding of the works we read are enhanced by consideration of the historical contexts in which they were written. The second quarter focuses on literature written by African Americans. One main goal is to attempt to answer these questions: Why study African American literature separately from literature written by others? How is African American literature different than work written by others? Because understanding the historical context of this literature is especially important in order to fully appreciate it, this course is structured chronologically, beginning with the Colonial period, and moving through the Antebellum, Reconstruction, Harlem Renaissance, Protest, Black Aesthetics, and Neorealist periods.
Prerequisite: Language Arts 9.