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AAS 262 Survey of African American Literature

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    Jul 27, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course to anyone interested in learning more about important figures in African American literature and their crucial roles in expand literary concepts and ideologies, especially those revolving around the black experience. Just keep in mind, that the professor is a little vague in explaining assignments and due dates but if you pay attention and actually go to class, you'll be fine.

    Course highlights:

    I learned about Ida B. Wells and the importance of her research in the "Red Record" on lynching as well as many other important black writers and important events in black history that tend to go under the radar.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read. Read. READ. The course is about literature, so the more you actually spend reading the material, the better prepared you'll be for quizzes and class discussions.

    • Spring 2015
    • Warren
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    • Always Do the Reading Meetings Outside of Class Final Paper
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    May 28, 2016
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    The course requires constant participation by all students to be successful, and Dr. Warren doesn't care to get all students involved. The material is phenomenal but the professor is difficult to please. She is very specific with what she wants, so it is important to go to office hours and stay in constant communication. The TA is there to help students, so she is a valuable resource.

    Course highlights:

    I learned about the eras of African American literature and had the opportunity to read beautiful pieces of writing, including poetry. It starts with W.E.B Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk and ends with the poetry of the Black Arts Movement. It was a great syllabus and created an interesting juxtaposition to all of the American literature I have read since middle school.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't wait until the last minute to write your papers and always ask the professor and TA for advice--they will tell you what they expect. Don't miss deadlines and don't procrastinate readings. Some readings are upwards of 200 pages long. The final project is a portfolio of all of your writing, so stay organized and never delete your drafts.

    • Spring 2016
    • Warren
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading

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