The Plantation and Its Afterlife
This is not the current course catalog
This course is a meditation on the significance of the plantation in modern life. Rather than treating the plantation as solely a socio-economic formation that utilizes captive labor for the efficient production of goods, we will consider the plantation as a space that has defined, and continues to define, social, economic, and spatial relations. In so doing, we will explore numerous literatures and cultural productions about the plantation in Africa and its diaspora, including historical and sociological studies, fiction, visual art, and music. We will not only interrogate how the plantation form is reproduced over time, but also how it appears in collective memory, and how it enables political mobilization.
The Class: Type: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on class participation; two to three short papers (6- to 8-pages); and a 15- to 20-page paper or multimedia final project
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Enrollment Preference: students in their third and fourth years of study
Distributions: Division II;