AAST 111:
Introduction to
african american
literature since 1910


Course Description


AAST 111 is a course that introduces students to some of the most visible and influential African American writers of the 20th century, including Langston Hughes, Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Morrison, and Claudia Rankine. Students will be studying African American literature and cultural production within the historical contexts of urbanization, segregation, criminalization, and social movements.  

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Helen Jun
Associate Professor of African American Studies & E​nglish

Contact Info

Office: 1924 UH
Email: junhelen@uic.edu

Curriculum Vitae


What Does African American American Studies Mean to You?

"I consider African American Studies as a crucial platform for teaching all students to understand how power is implicated in the formation of identities, neighborhoods, and institutions. One of my teaching goals is that students who leave my classes are able to read their everyday world in new ways."--Helen Jun 

Course Information

3 hours. Same as ENGL 119

Requirements Met

Creative Arts Course
US Society Course


Cultural Production & Analysis

When is it Offered?

Spring Semester