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English 213 African American Literature: Pre 1800’s to 1920’s

Spring 1999

Gledy B. Wariebi

Office M3055

Office Hours T 10-11 and 1:45-2:45; R 10:-11 a.m.

Phone 301-322-0568

e-mail gw3@pgstumail.cc.pg.md.us

Mailbox M3072

Course Description

This course is specifically designed to expose students to the early literary richness of African-Americans before the 1920’s Harlem Renaissance. The course provides a literary journey from Africa via the Caribbean to the shores of America through the use of an African epic, folklore (orature), narratives, essays, speeches, poems, letters, and documents. The readings and subsequent discussions will provide students with a basis for essays, a research project, presentations, and exams.


  1. T. Niane, The Sundiata: A Tale of Mali

Patricia Liggins Hill, ed. Call and Response: The Riverside Anthology of the African American Literary Tradition

One pocket folder to submit papers


  • Two essays (2-3 pages typed double spaced) using critical and/or analytical methods (each worth 150 points).
  • One research project (4-5 pages, typed double spaced; worth 200 points)
  • One oral presentation (worth 100 points)
  • One midterm exam (worth 100 points)
  • One final exam (worth 100 points)
  • Four homework/quizzes/other written assignments (worth 50 points each). There is no make-up for quizzes.


900 - 1000 A

800 - 899        B

700 - 699        C

600 - 599        D

Below 599 F

Class Policy

Class attendance is mandatory. You are responsible for work discussed/assigned if you are absent and there is no makeup for quizzes. Three absences will result in a required conference; five absences may result in your failing the course or a request that you withdraw from the course.

Papers are due by the end of class time, 12: 15 p.m., on the due date. Submit papers and all drafts in a pocket folder. Papers put in my mailbox must have a date and time of submission, signed by a secretary in M3072. Those submitted later than 12:15 p.m. on the due date will be considered late, and consequently will receive a deduction of 10 points for each day (not only class day) that the paper is late. This policy does not apply to the research project. No late research projects will be accepted.

Papers found to be plagiarized will receive and automatic F. Refer also to the handout on plagiarism.

Please do not eat during class time. If you come to class late, try to create as little disturbance as possible. Behavior that prevents other students from learning and/or threatens anyone in class will not be tolerated. You can be barred from attending a class and even suspended from the college. If your behavior causes you to be barred from class, all work missed will be counted as zeros, even missed exams. Disruptive behavior includes, but is not limited to, loud talking and socializing during class.

Where to turn for help

Your instructor: Stop by during office hours, no appointment necessary, or call me. Leave a phone message, or leave a note in my mailbox in M3072. Do not slip anything under my door. I will not pick it up. If you cannot make my office hours and cannot make an appointment, we may have a phone conference, but you have to take the initiative to call me and give me a copy of any paper you wish to discuss.

The Writing Center: Call 322-0748 to make an appointment. See the handout.