AMST 410
Black Literary and Cultural Theories
Last Offered Fall 2016
Division II
Cross-listed AMST 410 / ENGL 410 / COMP 410 / AFR 354 / AFR 410
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

This course will examine the writings of black twentieth- and twenty-first-century Anglophone and Francophone literary and cultural theorists in the African diaspora. We will begin with Sojourner Truth and W.E.B. Du Bois and end with current debates between the “Afro-Pessimists” and “Afro-Optimists.” We will be reading writers from the United States, Britain, Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe, moving through the writings of the Harlem Renaissance, N├ęgritude, Pan-Africanism, the Black Arts movement and Black Panthers, the Black Atlantic, and black feminism and queer studies. We will come to see that there is no easy separation between questions of politics (e.g., anti-colonialist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist) and those of aesthetics and poetics.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 10
Class#: 1064
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: midterm, participation (attendance, discussions, GLOW posts), short paper (4-5 pp.), two response papers (2-3 pp. papers), final project (10-12 pp.: analytical paper)
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: AMST majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 410 Division II ENGL 410 Division II COMP 410 Division II AFR 354 Division II AFR 410 Division II
Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives

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