English 181A - Fall, 2022

African American Literature to 1900

Class Information

Instructor: Vernon, Matthew
CRN: 32108
Time: MWF 1:10-2:00
Location: 1301 SHREM
GE Areas: American Cultures, Governance, and History Domestic Diversity Writing Experience


This class will provide a background to the construction of blackness in the West as a critical antecedent to the canon of early African-American literature. From there we will move to a more traditional account of African-American responses to that legacy and the ways in which the foundational work done by these writers laid the groundwork for contemporary debates about the nature of African-American letters.