Exploring the roots of African American literature

A course this spring at South Louisiana Community College will explore literary works from influential African American writers beginning with the 17th century Atlantic Slave Trade to its contemporary forms.

English 2230, or African American Literature, is a special course being offered this spring. It is not offered each semester.

Instructor Corey Pellerin said students will explore such topics as how various authors grapple with the legacy of slavery, how oral and musical traditions influenced their works, and how texts create and contest ideas about racial identity.

“Students will read works by celebrated African American authors such as Frederick Douglass, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison,” said Pellerin. “I'm looking forward to in-depth discussions about a topic that is long overdue and is an essential piece of our American heritage.”

The course can be used as a Literature elective in all SLCC degree plans, and it can also be used in place of British and American Literature in a majority of UL degree plans.

It will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8 a.m. at the Devalcourt Building in Lafayette.

Continuing students can schedule Spring semester classes now by logging into their LoLA accounts. New students can register for classes beginning Saturday, October 26.

New students should apply for admissions by going to http://www.solacc.edu/admissions <http://www.solacc.edu/admissions> and clicking on the “Enroll Now” button. Create a login ID and password, then follow the instructions to apply.

The Spring 2014 semester begins Monday, January 13.

Spring semester classes are being offered in a variety of ways including traditional classroom settings, video conferencing, and online.

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