African American literature


English 265G-WA: African-American Literature
Essay I

Prospectus Due: See Blackboard
Paper Due: See Blackboard
4-5 pages, including Works Cited; double space
Two secondary sources required
MLA style, include in-text citations and Works Cited


Write a clear, coherent and organized essay responding to topic below. These options examine early African-American writing and oratory, the literature of slavery and freedom.

Include a focused thesis, one sentence that presents the topic and controlling direction of the essay. (See sample thesis statements on the Prospectus below.) Be sure to present specific information and sufficient examples and evidence from the secondary sources to fully develop and support your thesis.

C. African-American literature has its origin in the oral tradition. Spirituals, work songs, slave songs, folk tales, sermons, blues, etc., all forms of the oral tradition, historically have critical roles in African-American life, literature and culture. Do further research on the oral tradition or specific oral forms (spirituals, folk tales, etc.) in African-American literature, and write a paper in which you discuss the evolution of the oral tradition or specific oral form and critically analyze its historical role in African-American life and literature.

Research Directions:

Using College Library resources, locate at least two secondary sources that can assist you in this assignment. The Library has books available through SpartaCat (Library catalog) as well as Literature databases that provide literary analysis, criticism and interpretation as well as historical, social, political and cultural context information:

Search Recommended Databases: The African American Experience, Bloom Literature, Gale Literary Sources, Literature Criticism Online, Literature Resource Center, ProQuest Central, Salem Literature

Search SpartaCat, the Library Catalog for books.

Do Not use Wikipedia, SparkNotes, Enotes, Literary Blogs or other non-academic literary websites.

The essay must Reflect every thing in the below prospectus

Yehoshebah Armstrong
Dr. Sharon Gavin Levy

African American Literature
Date 9/20/19
African American Literature: Slave Narratives
Thesis statement

Slave narratives have played a vital role in shaping the history of African American people. The genre united the African American people, helped them discover their origin, influenced writers, and put them on the historical map as a culture.
The slave narratives helped the African American people unite. They discovered that they belonged together as a culture, and that made them easily identify with each other (Templeton 136). people understood how to take their fellow black Americans after they grew up listening to the slave narratives.
The slave narratives helped the African American people to discover their origin.
they discovered that their existence in America came as a result of the slave trade that involved their ancestors from Africa, the Europeans, and the Americans (Templeton 137). The discovery has helped many generations in this culture to answer some questions about their culture, behavior, and how they associate with the whites in America.
The oral tradition of slave narratives influenced many Black American writers. The genre served as a motivating factor since it opened up the mind of most people in African American culture (Jenkins 15). Many literary works have developed from the culture of African American people. The narrations have made them understand their past, present, and future as well as their envi
Slave narratives have put the African American culture on the map of world cultures. Many people around the world have known about the culture through the works of the African American writers. The writers borrowed a lot from oral traditions (Jenkins 12).

Work Cited
Jenkins, Tammie R. “A Case Study Of The Role Of Neo-Slave Narratives In Shaping Understandings Of This Peculiar Institution”. International Journal Of Multidisciplinary Research, vol 3, no. 4, 2017, Accessed 22 Sept 2019.
Templeton, Peter. “Julia Sun-Joo Lee, The American Slave Narrative And The Victorian Novel (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), 192 + Viii Pp. £38, $65 (USD), €46, ISBN: 0195390326, ISBN-13: 978-0195390322”. Victoriographies, vol 1, no. 1, 2011, pp. 136-138. Edinburgh University Press, doi:10.3366/vic.2011.0017. Accessed 22 Sept 2019.

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