African-American Literature

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In James Weldon Johnson’s fictional The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man and Langston Hughes autobiographical The Big Sea, readers are perhaps struck by the rich, detailed, representations of the extensive, travel experienced by the protagonist of each narrative. As it turns out, these engaging portrayals of traveling or journeying narrators present wonderful opportunities for pondering the question of community in African-American literary representation. Select just one of the two aforementioned texts, and write an essay in which you reflect on the kinds of community the narrator finds himself a part of or apart from… (An image of the whole essay prompt is attached).
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