English 265b A. Solomon
TTH 1-2:30 HU III

 

African American Literature: Satire in the African American Tradition

This course is an exploration of African American satire, focusing on fiction. While continually developing and refining our definition of satire, we will situate satire by black writers in a broader American tradition. Topics of study include the double-edged quality of racial humor, racial politics, and aesthetic concerns. We will also consider the link between satire and gender identity, and the lack of satirical novels by African American women. We will read authors such as Langston Hughes, Phillip Schuyler, Percival Everett, Trey Ellis, Zora Neale Hurston and Ishmael Reed, supplementary works by Richard Wright and Mark Twain, as well as literary analysis.

Additional Reading Material:
We will read authors such as Langston Hughes, Phillip Schuyler, Percival Everett, Trey Ellis, Zora Neale Hurston and Ishmael Reed, supplementary works by Richard Wright and Mark Twain, as well as literary analysis.

Requirements:
The written requirements for this course are several reading response papers and three formal essays.