ENGL 381
Freedom Dreams, Afro-Futures & Visionary Fictions Fall 2018 Division I; Cross-listed as AFR380 / ENGL381 / AMST380 / WGSS380 / SCST380

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In this course we will examine the various ways Black scholars, artists, & writers use science fiction and visionary fiction to imagine freedom and new world orders. We will focus on the role of history, particularly slavery, in the Black radical imagination. “Freedom” is the keyword throughout the course. We will grapple with the various and sometimes conflicting meanings and uses of freedom as it relates to blackness, gender, sexuality, class and ability. We will explore multiple forms of scholarship and cultural productions, including film, music, novels, short-stories, art, poetry, and other academic texts. All students will be asked to discover and develop their writerly voices through various critical, creative, experimental and performative assignments.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 1480
Requirements/Evaluation: active participation, completion of various short assignments, one 5-page paper and one 7- to 10-page final paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors, then Africana Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division I;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS, AFR, SCST or AMST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under ENGL
Attributes: WGSS Racial Sexual + Cultural Diversity Courses

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