ERIC Number: ED040986
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Feb
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Teaching Afro-American Literature.
Illinois English Bulletin, v57 n5 p1-10 Feb 1970
An Afro-American literature course was established at Chicago City College to present a survey of writers who reflected the Black experience in America and to examine their works as artistic entities in their historical and sociological context. Background lectures on many aspects of Afro-American literature accompanied studies of material grouped historically within genres--(1) the prose study focused on folklore--American tales with African origins, essays, novels, and short stories; (2) the drama study included readings and discussions interspersed with the use of audio-visual aids and the presentation of a one-act play; and (3) the poetry study examined poets from the Reconstruction through the Harlem Renaissance to contemporary times. Student reactions were generally favorable, with those students who had been reluctant to read in remedial English contributing enthusiastically. (A reading list is included.) (JM)
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Authoring Institution: Illinois Association of Teachers of English, Urbana.