AFR 243
Asian/American and Black Literary and Cultural Thought Spring 2020
Division II
Cross-listed AFR 243 / AMST 243

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One durable legacy of white settler colonialism has been to its divide-and-conquer management of minority populations-an amazingly effective strategy still widely practiced in a variety of forms today. While Asian Americans have been deemed “model minorities” in contrast to “unmodel” minorities-namely, African Americans-and racial minorities have been pitted against one another in the oppression Olympics and on the issue of affirmative action, there has, in fact, been a long history of political, literary, and cultural thought that have joined blacks and Asian/Asian Americans, from W.E.B. Du Bois to current ideas about digital possibilities (and constraints). In this course we will examine the theory, political writings, art, music and literature that sprang from and attended the early Marxist-Communist fight for universal brotherhood; movements against colonialism, capitalism, and the Vietnam War; Yellow Power and Black Power; and topics such as black and Asian diasporas, Afro-futurism multiculturalism, “Afro-pessimism,” racial melancholia, and digital futurities.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 4051
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: one shorter paper (4-6 pages), midterm; final paper/project (10-12 pages), response papers and/or posts on GLOW; participation (class discussion and attendance)
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: American Studies majors, sophomores
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 243 Division II AMST 243 Division II
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora
AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives

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