AFR 356
The Plantation and Its Afterlife
Last Offered Fall 2017
Division II
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

This course is a meditation on the significance of the plantation in modern life. Rather than treating the plantation as solely a socio-economic formation that utilizes captive labor for the efficient production of goods, we will consider the plantation as a space that has defined, and continues to define, social, economic, and spatial relations. In so doing, we will explore numerous literatures and cultural productions about the plantation in Africa and its diaspora, including historical and sociological studies, fiction, visual art, and music. We will not only interrogate how the plantation form is reproduced over time, but also how it appears in collective memory, and how it enables political mobilization.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 12
Class#: 1019
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation; two to three short papers (6- to 8-pages); and a 15- to 20-page paper or multimedia final project
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: juniors and seniors
Distributions: Division II

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