ENGL 251
Defining the African Diaspora
Last Offered Spring 2009
Division II
Cross-listed AFR 160 / ENGL 251 / COMP 214
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

What is the “African diaspora”? How are we to understand the nature of black belonging? Are the relationships across the African diaspora mutable? What factors facilitate or complicate black identity over time and space? This introductory course will take up these questions by turning to (a) key figures and essays and (b) the fiction, poetry, and film from across the black world. To help better understand the conditions of transnational black identity, we will turn to the work of W.E.B. Du Bois, Kwame Nkrumah, Amie Cesaire, Paule Marshall, Toni Cade Bambara, Marcus Garvey, Frantz Fanon, Caryl Phillips, and Julie Dash, among others. In the process, we will take up defining cultural and political movements that have emerged over the years: Pan-Africanism, Negritude, and other forms of black internationalism.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 3006
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based upon attendance and participation, two exams, and two essays
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: (potential) concentrators in Africana Studies
Unit Notes: meets post-1900 requirement in English major only if registration is under ENGL
Distributions: Division II
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL or COMP
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 160 Division II ENGL 251 Division II COMP 214 Division II
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives
AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives
LATS Comparative Race + Ethnic Studies Electives

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