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ERIC Number: ED181469
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Black Literature Course: 1973 vs. 1978.
Simson, Renate
Surveys in 1972 and 1977 of colleges and universities in New York state were used to judge advances and declines in black literature course offerings, course enrollment, course content, and instructor preparation. In 1972, 76 of the responding registrars said that their schools were offering black literature courses, while only 36 registrars made such a claim in the 1977 survey. When the instructors of the courses were polled, the average class sizes of the black literature courses were found to be 24.6 in 1972 and 23.1 in 1977, indicating that interest in black literature had not decreased sufficiently to warrant dropping such courses from the curriculum. Both surveys showed that Richard Wright was the author most frequently taught, and that Richard Wright and Ralph Ellison were the authors considered to have the greatest literary merit. More diversity was evident in the course reading lists for 1977 than for 1972. More instructors in the 1977 survey had received formal instruction in teaching black history and culture, while more instructors in 1972 had prepared themselves to teach the course. It appears that the instructors who teach black literature now are being better prepared to discuss a wider range of material, but that more black literature courses should be developed. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New York State English Council (28th, Rochester, NY, September 21-23, 1978)