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AAS 281 Black Literature: Home

African American Literary History

  • Early African American Literature; eg. Phyllis Wheatley, Lucy Terry Prince, 
  • Slave Narratives; eg. Olaudah Equiano, Richard Allen
  • Frederick Douglass
  • Spiritual Narratives
  • Post-slavery era
  • Harlem Renaissance
  • Civil Rights Movement era
  • Black Arts Movement or Black Aesthetics Movement; e.g. Leroi Jones (aka Amiri Baraka)

Your Assignment

Later in the semester you are going to compose an essay on an African American writer of your choice. A primary goal of this guide is to help you locate resources for this essay, including books, biographical information, and literary criticism. 

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