COMP 369
Race, Gender, Space (Capstone Seminar for AFR)
Last Offered Fall 2008
Division II
Cross-listed AFR 400 / ENGL 365 / WGST 400
This course is not offered in the current catalog

Class Details

Physical or symbolic manipulation of space is one mode through which power operates, one manner in which power is exercised and experienced. Historically and currently, space has been divided and resources have been unevenly distributed along numerous axes. Thus, we are left with a constellation of dubiously constructed but nonetheless segregated spaces: public vs. private, male vs. female, white vs. black, native vs. immigrant, rich vs. poor, Christian vs. heathen (even Protestant vs. Catholic), and straight vs. queer sexuality. In this senior seminar, we will examine the ways in which power is enacted, experienced, and resisted through space. In particular, we will investigate the role of space in the creation of raced and gendered identities. Also, because the political and social manipulation of space is not the exclusive prerogative of the empowered, we will consider ways that resisting communities have sought to negotiate, redesign, or redefine space-or even transgress constrictive physical or social boundaries. Finally, we will inquire into the complex politics involved in attempts to establish alternative spaces of relative autonomy beyond the rules or the space of dominant culture. Likely texts include but are not limited to: Henri LeFebvre’s The Production of Space, McKittrick and Woods’ Black Geographies, Toni Morrison’s Paradise, Phanswane Mpe’s Welcome to Our Hillbrow, essays by Morrison, Michel de Certeau, Neil Smith, bell hooks, David Harvey, Sarah Mills, among others.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 14
Expected: 14
Class#: 1014
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluations will be based upon attendance and class discussion, regular short writing assignments, presentations, final projects, and one seminar paper
Prerequisites: none; open to all seniors
Enrollment Preferences: Africana Studies concentrators
Unit Notes: meets post-1900 requirement in English major only if registration is under ENGL
Distributions: Division II
Notes: meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR or WGST; meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under COMP or ENGL
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 400 Division II COMP 369 Division II ENGL 365 Division II WGST 400 Division II

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