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as of 7/2/2022

ANGLO-AMERICAN LITERATURE 2: AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Italy - University of Bologna - 'Univ. of Bologna'
UC Course SubjectEnglish
Number & Suffix: 127 B
Full UC Title: ANGLO-AMERICAN LITERATURE 2: AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE 
Transcript Title: LIT 2:AFRICN AMERCN 
UC QTR Units - Division: 7.0 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This course explores forms of literary storytelling, and trans-media storytelling (adaptations), to examine the making of geo-cultural maps of/in the 20th century, and questioning if and how they stay in the 21st century. This course employs American and Canadian literary productions to investigate cultural, political, artistic, social, and technological issues that have been shaping a shared collective “Western imaginary” for more than a century. The same sources are also employed to work out the critical aspects of the same imaginary, to show how storytelling can become a privileged counter-environment to acquire a full understanding of how complex and dynamic cultural systems are created. Students explore the potential that literature (in all its forms and in its various adaptations) has to not only touch people’s feeling while contributing to their knowledge of a given cultural reality, but also to encourage the readers’ critical attitude and their active participation; that is, to educate individuals to be conscious citizens. This course features a series of guest scholars and professionals to encourage the dialogue between literature and civic society so to widen our knowledge of learning and training opportunities available nationally or internationally. Students are assessed on a final exam and written essay. Students on this course can request a special reading list for African American literature or other topics with consent of the instructor. Students can also request to write a longer research paper on a pre-approved topic with selected authors. The Special Topic for spring 2019 is African American literature. Authors include: Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, Antjie Krog, Jacqueline Woodson, bell hooks, Malcolm X, Langston Hughes, and various African poets. The course focuses on various forms of Black cultural production ranging from 19th century through the present, paying attention to the way in which incarceration, state violence, and Jim Crow apartheid have been rendered - often in an oppositional and/or transgressive way - within the written practices of Black people in the US. Emphasis is placed on artistic/historical moments, including slave narratives and songs, anti-lynching discourse, the “Harlem Renaissance,” the Black Arts Movement, Black Feminism, and the narratives and music of the Black Liberation movement through the prison industrial complex. Students are required to write a 10-page research paper selecting a topic from a provided list of prompts. 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: ANGLO-AMERICAN LITERATURE 2: AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE 
Partner University Department: Lingue e letterature straniere 
Partner University Course Number: 31170