LATS 112
Caribbean Diasporic Aesthetics: An Introduction Fall 2018
Division II
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This course explores how aesthetics can serve as an organizing principle for the critique, analysis, and theorizing of racial and diasporic formations across the 20th century, with a specific focus on Caribbean diasporic populations and their cultural production. We will think about aesthetics as literary, visual, and sonic representations authored by and about communities of color in response to the uneven processes of racialization, migration, colonization, and nation-state formation that inflect how identity is shaped and experienced across time and space. Engaging the work of artists like Hew Locke, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Kara Walker, and Miguel Luciano in conversation with Stuart Hall, José Quiroga, Krista Thompson, and Michelle Ann Stephens among others will illuminate these inquiries. The circuits of culture, goods, ideas, labor, and peoples that flow between the archipelagos of the Caribbean and the metropoles such as Miami, New York, and London will serve as critical sites to map our interventions.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 18
Class#: 1368
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance and class participation, short writing assignments, a 4- to 5-page midterm paper, and a 10-page final paper
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: first-year students and Latina/o Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: LATS Core Electives

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