AFR 209 Spring 2014 Phonographic Visions: Radical Aesthetics in Black Literary Culture (W)

Cross Listed as AMST204, ENGL210
You've never heard anything like it, but as soon as it finds you it tells you just where you need to be: that's the sound of radical innovation, which black popular music seems to generate so effortlessly that people were taking it for granted long before hip-hop was born. Sometimes when black literature tries it, people don't want to hear it, as if the long history of black people writing was elitist and not revolutionary, as if an oral (or aural) tradition wasn't also a record of recording devices (being scratched or taken for a spin). This course posits a radical impulse in black literary culture, which is sometimes expressed as a political imperative distinct from aesthetics, as an aesthetic imperative out beyond politics, or as an intellectual inquiry or visionary pursuit of wisdom that ransacks all the disciplines and traditions of institutionalized knowledge. We will approach black writing as an interdisciplinary enterprise crossing multiple media, leaning toward what Fred Moten calls "the ensemble of the senses." Materials will be drawn from writers, critics, visual artists, and musicians, such as Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Nathaniel Mackey, Gayl Jones, Harryette Mullen, Kevin Young, Jacob Lawrence, Greg Tate, Julie Dash, Cauleen Smith, or others.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation and four or five short essays, totaling about 20-25 pages
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Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preference: first-year students, sophomores, English majors who have yet to take a Gateway and Africana Studies concentrators
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR or AMST
Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: ENGL Criticism Courses,ENGL 200-level Gateway Courses
Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 19
Class Number: 3682
AFR209-01(S) SEM Black Radical Aesthetics (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Vincent J. Schleitwiler
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM Hopkins Hall 105 3682
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