ENGG 222 – Black Atlantic

Welcome to the webpage for Dr. Emily MN Kugler‘s ENGG 222 – Studies in 18th-Century Literature: The Black Atlantic graduate course at Howard University. This Fall 2015, we will meet Tuesdays 1:10-3:00pm in Locke 238.

UPDATE: Course schedule (with dropbox links to readings) and sign-up for presentations are up! See the Course Schedule section or Announcements for more information,


From the Catalogue:

Studies in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature. 3 crs. Examination of special topic, author(s), or research problem

Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Undergraduate

A Bit More Information:

This course focuses on Anglophone literature by authors of the African diaspora, primarily from the British Empire of the 18th and 19th centuries. These primary texts will be studied in and of themselves, but they will also form another historical narrative within the class: that of the scholarship that recovered, realigned, and reinterpreted those texts. Two major works within Black Atlantic studies will provide a foundation for exploring the scholarly conversations that shape this course: C.L.R. James’s Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution (1938) and Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (1993). Through both the primary texts as well as more recent scholarship this course will address two central questions:

To what extent do these texts still shape the scholarly conversations on Black Atlantic texts?

To what extent has the study of the Black Atlantic evolved into something different than imaged by these earlier works?

Although the majority of the texts fall under the category of English-language autobiographies (especially slave narratives), students are encouraged to bring sources from other genres and languages into class discussions as well as their research for the seminar paper.

Required Books

  • James, CLR. Black Jacobins. Revised Edition. ISBN: 9780679724674
  • Gilroy, Paul. The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. ISBN: 9780674076068
  • Barnet, Miguel. (Trans W. Nick Hill). Biography of a Runaway Slave ISBN: 9781880684184
  • Seacole, Mary (Ed. Sarah Salih). The Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole. ISBN: 9780140439021
  • Gates, Henry Louis, ed. The Classic Slave Narratives. ISBN: 9780451532138
  • Brink, André. Philida. ISBN: 9780345805034

Other reading will be made available online on this site.

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