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Louis O Chude-Sokei
AFRAM 318
Seattle Campus

Black Literary Genres

Considers how generic forms have been discussed, distributed, and valued in the larger context of African American, or other African-Diasporic literary studies. Explores how black writers and artists treat the terms and conventions of generic forms in response, and comparison, to their cultural treatment of others. Offered: jointly with ENGL 318; AWSp.

Class description

African-American Fantasy and Science Fiction

In the last two decades we have been witness to a remarkable increase in interest in the work of fantasy and science fiction writers of African descent in the United States. This interest has been paralleled by a surge of new work by black writers in those genres as well as the energy of the critical/cultural/artistic/musical “movement” called Afrofuturism. This class is an introduction to the various shapes that black science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction comes in. It explores the various historical contexts, themes and tendencies in this work. Writers may include Samuel R. Delany, Octavia Butler, George Schuyler, Colson Whitehead, Steven Barnes, NK Jemison, Tananarive Due, Sam Greenlee, Nnedi Okarafor, Nalo Hopkinson, Minister Faust, Jewelle Taylor Gomez and Charles Saunders.

Student learning goals

Understand the history, context and primary themes of African-American Science Fiction.

Learn the history of the genre of science fiction.

Be able to discuss the history of race in America from the perspective of Science Fiction.

General method of instruction

Lecture and Discussion.

Recommended preparation

Preliminary Internet research on "Afrofuturism" and Science Fiction.

Class assignments and grading

Discussion, short papers and reading exams.

Discussion, short papers and reading exams.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Louis O Chude-Sokei
Date: 10/26/2013