AFR 135
Queen Sugar and Black Study Fall 2022
Division II
Cross-listed AFR 135 / AMST 135

Class Details

The critically acclaimed and award winning television series, Queen Sugar, follows the Bordelon family through its struggles to sustain hold of its ancestral land. An adaptation of the eponymously named 2014 novel by Natalie Baszile, the series will soon enter its seventh and final season. This gateway course to Africana Studies will explore the historical, political, and economic contexts of the making of the series before considering its representations and dramatizations of key topics of Black study: the afterlives of enslavement, plantation regimes, global sugar production, land dispossession, the carceral state, gender and sexualities, kinship, activism, and African-diasporic spiritualities.
The Class: Format: seminar; Over the course of the semester, students will be required to watch the entirety of the television series.
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 1004
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly journal entries on episodes (300-500 words); in-class writing reflections; class presentation; final project that expands on a course topic
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: This seminar is designed for first-year students. Should the course be overenrolled, students will be selected after an interview with the instructor.
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 135 Division II AMST 135 Division II
Attributes: AFR Core Electives

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