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ERIC Number: ED043634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Apr
Pages: 8
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Black Literature: What Happens to a Dream Deferred?
Bell, Bernard
Leaflet, v69 n2 p3-10 Apr 1970
Innovative approaches should be used in introducing black literature to students so that they may develop an awareness of the ethnic pluralism of American society. A variety of sources provides the teacher with literary materials and critical perspectives as background for presenting black literature in any of several ways: (1) a survey of black literary works from colonial times through the Harlem Renaissance to the present; (2) a study of "black classics" (e.g., those by Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. DuBois, J. W. Johnson, Jean Toomer, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and James Baldwin); (3) a unit on the image of black character in American literature; (4) an inquiry into the use of Afroamerican folklore in black literature; (5) an analysis through literature of the Afroamerican life which developed from an African inheritance in a hostile country; and (6) an exploration of the black consciousness of Harlem Renaissance literature and of modern black literature. (JMC)
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Authoring Institution: New England Association of Teachers of English.