Course Description

This course is an examination of a diverse expanse of African-centered literature across space and time. For each class, we will examine an excerpt from the assigned reading and analyze the text from an Afrocentric lens. Throughout the class, we will leap from one text to another to unravel themes, characters, symbols, etc. to discover how these concepts can be unpacked from an Afrocentric lens. Application will be an integral part of the course: what we learn will not be localized to the four walls of the classroom but will also be applicable to multiple realms of one’s life, and we will explore this applicability as we move through each piece of literature.

Course Outline

The Afrocentric Paradigm

Their Eyes Were Watching God


The Underground Railroad

Fire Shut Up My Bones

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Section Title
Leaping Through African American Literature
Online-fixed date/synchronous meeting(s)
5:30PM to 7:00PM
Jul 28, 2022 to Aug 25, 2022
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  • Online Learning
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Section Notes

Courtney Carr is a current PhD student in the Africology and African American Studies Department at Temple. She received a Master of Arts degree in Pan African Studies from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Africana Studies from Cornell University. Courtney’s research interests include nongovernmental organization discourse, transnational feminism(s), and unpacking narrative formulations about women impacted by female genital cutting.