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AFR 331
Black Masculinities Spring 2020
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed AMST 350 / WGSS 318 / ENGL 375 / AFR 331

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In this seminar, we will study the evolution of Black masculinities through cultural, social, and political movements from 20th century to the present. This course engages Black feminist thought, Black masculinities studies, queer theory and performance studies. We will examine the relationship and constitutive nature of masculinity and femininity. By examining representations and presentations of Black masculinities, we will pursue questions such as: How is blackness always already gendered? How is gender always already racialized? What are the effects of these gendering and racializing practices on Black bodies, spaces, and places? How has dominant society attempted to define Black masculinity? In what ways have Black people undermined these narratives and redefined themselves? How do racial stereotypes about Black men┬┐s sexuality inform representations of Black masculinities? What is the future of Black Gender? We will trouble the relationship between manhood and masculinity by examining the ways in which masculinity can move across various kinds of bodies. In addition to reading critical and creative texts, we will view films and engage other kinds of media. Students will be responsible for 2 short papers and a final project.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 14
Class#: 4091
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: students will be responsible for 2 short papers and a final project
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: WGSS Majors will get preference, then Juniors and Seniors
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AMST 350 Division II WGSS 318 Division II ENGL 375 Division I AFR 331 Division II
DPE Notes: This course engages content and materials that explore various forms of difference, power, and equity, along with facilitating the development of skills that will help students address the implications of said forms. This course considers current examples and historical examples of Black masculinity. This course fosters difficult conversations about how difference works and has worked, how identities and power relationships have been grounded in lived experience.
Attributes: WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses
WGSS Theory Courses

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