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Welcome to English 253--Survey of African American Literature. I am Rosalind Blunt, Associate Professor of English at the Loudoun Campus where I have been a member of the English Department since 1978. I received a B.S. from Hampton University, M.A. from the University of Virginia, and my doctoral degree in community college education from George Mason University.
At Hampton University and the University of Virginia, I studied African American literature, and I am looking forward to sharing with you the experience of reading the literature which chronicles the history of African Americans.
During your readings this semester, I hope you will gain an understanding of the sociological and historical background of the literature and an understanding of the genres created and themes presented through those genres. Iím sure you will see an expression of African Americansí desire for freedom during a life of slavery and after emanicipation. I encourage you to read thoroughly and critically, use outside resources to enhance your understanding, and work methodically to complete the course requirements. If you have any questions, contact me. Good luck!