AMST 410
Black Literary and Cultural Theories Fall 2016
Division II
Cross-listed ENGL 410 / AFR 410 / COMP 410 / AMST 410
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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)
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: AMST majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AMST or AFR; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or ENGL
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENGL 410 Division II AFR 410 Division II COMP 410 Division I AMST 410 Division II
Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives

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