John L Warfield Center

Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez

ProfessorPh.D., 1998, Hispanic Languages and Literatures, University of California at Berkeley

Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and of African and African Diaspora Studies
Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez



Latin American, Caribbean, Luso-Brazilian & Afro-Diasporic Literatures & Cultures; race, gender & sexuality in colonial & postcolonial societies; Latin American literature, ethnography and sociology.



Jossianna Arroyo-Martínez is Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies.  She received her Phd from the University of California at Berkeley (1998) and taught at the University of Michigan from 1998-2004. She arrived at UT Austin in 2004. She has received grants from the Ford Foundation, the University of Puerto Rico and the Mellon Foundation. Her research interests center on Latin American and Caribbean literatures and cultures, Luso-Brazilian literatures and cultures (1800s to present), the relationships between literature, ethnographic and sociological discourses in Latin America,Afro-Diasporic literatures and cultures, and critical discourses ofrace, gender and sexuality in colonial and postcolonial societies. Author of "Travestismos culturales: literatura y etnografia en Cuba y Brasil"(Pittsburg, Iberoamericana, 2003); and "Writing Secrecy in Caribbean Freemasonry" (Palgrave Mc Millan, 2013) which explores the links between turn of the centrury Caribbean Masonic thought, culture and politics. Also, she is developing a new research project on "virtual Caribbean bodies" which explores the relationship between racialized bodies, media techonologies and globalization in contemporary Caribbean societies.


AFR 381 • Afro-Latinos: Polit/Cul/Memory

29760 • Fall 2015
Meets W 300pm-600pm GWB 1.138
(also listed as LAS 381)

Migration of Afro-Latin Americans and Afro-Caribbeans to the United States was present since colonial times. This course focuses on the historical, social and political roles Afro-Latin@s have played in the configuration of contemporary diaspora theories, archives and politics. We will discuss how language, and culture influence their views on race and racial solidarities and their crucial contributions to the political and social languages of the African diaspora.  Our discussions will emphasize the lives of black Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans and Central Americans and their stories of radical activism, identity negotiation from the end of the nineteenth-century to the role of contemporary Afro-Latin@ activists their cultures, performances and politics.

AFR 374E • Afro-Caribbean Diasporas

29805 • Spring 2015
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm BEN 1.122
(also listed as LAS 322)

This course examines themes such as gender, sexuality, and identity politics, socio-political agency, resistance, and negotiation in the islands of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, and Haiti.

AFR 372G • Lit And Media In Caribbean

30570 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm JES A209A
(also listed as LAS 328)


This course focuses on contemporary Caribbean culture and the ways literature and culture in the Spanish Caribbean have incorporated the language of the spectacle to create what I define as “Caribbean mediascapes.” Caribbean mediascapes mixes these uses of media technologies derived from film, television, the Internet and Youtube and the ways they engage, are used and read in the Spanish Caribbean. In this course we will analyze the cultures of production, distribution, exhibition, reception, as well as the texts themselves from several Caribbean authors, from Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic and their respective U.S. enclaves in the diaspora (New York, Miami).


Some of the questions we will discuss are:  How is race represented in contemporary visual culture in the Caribbean and the U.S? How can new-media balance both the autonomy of Caribbean communities and the ongoing impact of corporate globalization? What about the digital divide in Caribbean communities? Are there possible forms of agency in these Caribbean mediascapes?



Junot Díaz

Mayra Santos-Febres

Achy Obeja

Marta Moreno Vega

Suite Havana (2003)

Habanastation (2011)

Un arte nuevo de hacer ruinas (2006)

Sugar (2008)

Sanky-Panky (2007)

Doce Horas (2001)

Maldeamores (2007)

AFR 374F • Afro-Latinos: Memory/Lit/Cul

30790 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm JES A215A
(also listed as LAS 370S, SPN 349)

Migration of Afro-Latin Americans and Afro-Caribbeans to the United States was present since colonial times. This course focuses on the historical, social and political roles Afro-Latin@s have played in the configuration of contemporary diaspora theories, archives and politics. We will discuss how language, and culture influence their views on race and racial solidarities and their crucial contributions to the political and social languages of the African diaspora. Our discussions will emphasize the lives of black Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Mexicans and Central Americans and their stories of radical activism, identity negotiation from the end of the nineteenth-century to the role of contemporary Afro-Latin@ activists their cultures, performances and politics.


Available at University Coop

Grillo, Evelio.

Black Cuban, Black American.

Thomas, Piri.

Down these Mean Streets.

Moreno Vega, Marta.

When the Spirits Dance Mambo.

The Afro-Latin@ Reader. History and Culture in the United States

. Edited by Miriam Jiménez Román and Juan Flores. (Duke UP, 2010).

Additional readings on PDF will be posted in BLACKBOARD*


4 essays (20%)-80%

Class-oral- participation and presence in class 20%




Students will write four essays from 6-7 pages each. Essays themes will be provided by Professor Arroyo (From two essay questions students chose one). Oral participation and presence in class is required. No cell phones in class (

remember that cell phone video?). Laptop use will be restricted only for class notes if you are seen watching a social media site you will not be allowed to bring your laptop back to the classroom. Students who will use laptops for other activities outside of class will be penalized.


Students with more than THREE (3) unexcused absences without a proper medical excuse will be penalized in their final class/participation grade by 10 points less of their final grade (so if you are between an A and a B you will get a B, if you have a B you will get a C)

AFR 374E • Afro-Caribbean Diasporas

30402 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm JES A205A
(also listed as LAS 370S)

Millions of Africans from different cultural, religious, and philosophical backgrounds – Nago, Bantu, Ashanti, Male, Fula, Arara, Calabar, and Yoruba – survived the violence and terror of the Atlantic Middle Passage and came to the Americas. This course analyzes the socio-cultural contexts of the African Diaspora in the Americas with a specific focus on the African Diaspora in the islands of the Caribbean, including Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Saint Dominque (the Dominican Republic and Haiti). One of the main goals of this course is to analyze the cultural, social, and philosophical contributions of these diasporic populations and the ways they build social and cultural agency in their specific national or diasporic contexts. The course starts with the Haitian Revoltuion as a historic/social point of departure, an event which influenced Black struggles in the Americas. Later, the course will focus on specific national contexts and cultural representations, moving from specific national white-Creole imaginings of Black and mulatto cultures and populations to contemporary depictions of Afro-diasporic and Afro-Latino identities in the United States. Themes such as gender, sexuality and identity politics, socio-political agency, resistance, and negotiation will be analyzed in a realm of cultural texts such as narrative, ethnography, film, documentary, and contemporary music. The class will be conducted in English and papers will be in English.

AFR 387D • Lit & Media In Spn Caribbean

30480 • Spring 2013
Meets T 900am-1200pm UTC 3.120
(also listed as LAS 392S, SPN 380K)


¿Cómo se han transformado los discursos sobre el cuerpo y sus economías en el Caribe contemporáneo? ¿Cúal es el rol de los medios de comunicación en esta transformación? ¿Podría afirmarse que los medios de comunicación están ayudando a forjar futuros políticos de igualdad y democracia o por el contrario, que están creando nuevas desigualdades?  El Caribe insular contemporáneo, sus cuerpos en circulación y sus economías son el eje principal en la definición de los discursos sobre migración, diáspora, hibridez, raza y etnicidad en nuestro contexto global. En el Caribe, las desigualdades económicas figuran las definiciones de estos cuerpos en procesos complejos de intercambio y valor. Este curso es un análisis de las definiciones y transformaciones del Caribe contemporáneo a partir del modo en que los cuerpos se insertan, o no, en estos imaginarios de la globalización. Es así como nos concentraremos en el modo en que el discurso de los medios (televisión, cine, internet) está transformando el discurso literario y por consiguiente las visiones del cuerpo y la subjetividad en las culturas caribeñas contemporáneas. Partiendo del importante rol de las telenovelas y los guiones cubanos como “El derecho de nacer” (Caignet) en los años 60, y pasando por el espacio inagural del “Nuyorican Poets Café” y el del slam poético-performativo, y la narrativa contemporánea el curso se ubicará geográficamente en el Caribe insular y los circuitos de Nueva York y Miami. Algunos de los temas que se analizarán en el curso serán: las transformaciones en los discursos de raza, género y sexualidad, el espacio urbano y sus narrativas, el cuerpo marginal y su deshumanización, las economías del turismo sexual, el rol de la música en las culturas jóvenes, y la construcción del cuerpo y la memoria en la diáspora africana.

El curso analizará la producción literaria de autores de Puerto Rico, Cuba y República Dominicana, como Miguel Piñero, Pedro Pietri, Mayra Santos-Febres, Ángel Lozada, Rita Indiana Hernández, Gallego, Urayoán Noel, Eduardo Lalo y Josefina Báez entre otros, así como la producción de la blogosfera cubana, y la producción musical (y de videos) de artistas caribeños como Don Omar, Tego Calderón y Alexis Valdés, entre otros.

Hernández Rita I. Papi, La estrategia de Chochueca

Lozada, Ángel. No quiero quedarme sola y vacía

Santos-Febres, Mayra. Sirena Selena vestida de pena.

Lalo, Eduardo. La isla silente.

Readings: All in PDF posted on Blackboard.


Dos informes orales-15%- 30%

Comentarios escritos/discusión en clase- 30%

Ensayo final- 40%

Los alumnos van a presentar DOS informes orales durante el semestre y harán comentarios sobre las lecturas y los videos de la clase en la página de la clase en Facebook. Estos comentarios estarán en la parte de “Notes” de Facebook y responderán a los videos, las lecturas críticas y los comentarios discutidos en clase. El (La) estudiante escribirá UN ensayo final de 20-25 páginas. El ensayo debe contener o tratar la teoría discutida en clase.



Islas virtuales

Gabriel (Gabi) Sheffer, “Transnationalism and Ethnonational Diasporism.”

Michel de Certeau, “Walking in the City”

Myrna García Calderón, “Current Approaches to Hispanic Caribbean Writing: An Overview”; François Lionnet and Shu-Mei Shih, “Thinking through the Minor, Transnationally” from Minor Transnationalisms Ed. by Lionnet and Shih

Brian Massumi, Parables for the Virtual. Movement, Affect, Sensation (sel).

Structures of feeling: el melodrama de la raza

Globalization: The Key Concepts

José E. Muñoz, Dissidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (Intro) and “The Melancholia of Race”

Yeidi Rivero, “Caribbean Negritos: Ramón Rivero, Blackface, and Black Voice in Puerto Rico”, Película: El Derecho de Nacer

El Caribe en imágenes— 1976-1985

El Cerro Maravilla- “Dígame si es o no cierto”, Requiem on Cerro Maravilla, Manuel Suárez, Intro;  “El Mariel: los gusanos y la escoria” Reinaldo Arenas, Antes de que anochezca (sel), Scarface (Brian de Palma) (sel.);

 Fort Allen-La diáspora haitiana, Ana Lydia Vega, “La alambrada” (cuento)

Imaginarios urbanos I, Ciudad y margen

Eduardo Lalo La isla silente

Katja Diefenbach, “The Spectral Forms of Value: Ghost Things and Relations of Forces” from Capital (It Fails Us Now)

Mayra Santos, Boat people (poema) Tercer mundo (poema)

Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project (sel.)

Imaginarios urbanos II, Ciudad y sexualidad

Mayra Santos, Sirena Selena vestida de pena

Jorge Duany, La migración dominicana en PR (sel.)

Henri Lefvebre, “On the production of Space”

VIDEOS-Jorge Steven Mercado—(homenaje)

Imaginarios urbanos, La fiesta vigilada

Antonio J. Ponte, La fiesta vigilada (Fragmentos), Un arte de hacer ruinas

Pedro J. Gutiérrez, Nada que hacer (cuentos)

Suite Habana (documental)

Rita y los Misterios (performance y dominicanidad)

 La estrategia de Chochueca, Papi,Videos-Rita Indiana y los Misterios, blog “Blabbeando” (Rita Indiana Hernández),  Juan Duchesne, “Del estado Papá al estado Papi”, Celiany Rivera “On Being Rita Indiana Hernández”

Queer CubaRican Spaces-  No quiero quedarme sola y vacía , Ángel Lozada,Queer Ricans y “De un pájaro las dos alas” Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes, Abel Sierra, La nación sexuada (sel.), Juana Ma. Rodríguez “Confessions of a Latina Cyber-Slut” from Queer Latinidad

Poesía y géneros— POEMS— Miguel Piñero, Pedro Pietri, Guillermo Rebollo-Gil, Tato Laviera,  José Raúl  González, “Gallego”, Urayoán Noel—Raggaetón, Raquel Z. Rivera (Fragmentos), Félix Jiménez, Las prácticas de la carne: construcción y representación de las masculinidades puertorriqueñas (sel.)

Necropolíticas y carnaval

Achille Mmembe, “Necropolis”

Jossianna Arroyo, “Del Chupacabras y otros monstruos interiores”

Robyn Derby “Chupacabras

Roach, Joseph Cities of the Dead (Intro.)

Video-Chupacabras Episode (“X Files”)

Loggin Behind Castro’s back—

*Cristina Venegas, “Shared Dreams and Red Cockcoroaches” “Cubans Log Behind Castro’s Back” “The New Cuban Capitalist”, Capitalism, God and a Good Cigar, Cuba in the XXIst Century

Blogs: Claudia Cadelo, Octavo Cerco, Yoanis Sánchez (Generación Y)

Performances: Tania Bruguera, Nayda Collazo

Transnational Melancholia: Cuban-Latino Media Scapes

Alexis Valdés “Esta noche-Tu-night”, Arlene Dávila,  “Language and Culture in the Media Battle Zone” (Latinos Inc. The Marketing and Making of a People), Niurka Marcos Soy (fragmentos), Videos—Magdalena La Pelúa, Cristinito, Yeyo Vargas.

Guerra, tecnología y nuevas solidaridades

Transborder Immigrant Tool, Ricardo Domínguez, Brett Stalbaum

Manuel Avilés, “Puerto Rican/Latino Soldiers in Irak and Internet”

Presentación de los trabajos finales






AFR 374F • Afro-Latinos: Memory/Lit/Cul

30515 • Spring 2012
Meets TTH 800am-930am BEN 1.106
(also listed as LAS 370S, SPN 349)

Who are Afro-Latinos? How they have shaped Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. histories? This class focuses on the lives, histories and influences of Afro-Latinos in literary, cultural and social constructions of "diaspora" in the United States. We will analyze the trajectories of Arturo A. Schomburg, Jesus Colón, Evelio Grillo, Pura Belpré, Rómulo Lachatañeré, Julia de Burgos and Marta Moreno Vega among many others and their views of race, memory and Afro-Latino culture. The course will be conducted in English (4 essays).


AFR 383 • Afro-Caribbean Diasporas

30345 • Fall 2011
Meets T 1000am-100pm BEN 1.118
(also listed as LAS 392S, SPN 380K)


Este curso examina  la producción literaria y cultural de la diáspora afrocaribeña de Cuba, Puerto Rico, República Dominicana y Haití con el fin de analizar sus discursos socio-políticos y culturales en nuestro mundo global. El curso comienza con una definición de la diáspora africana en las Américas, para luego situar las especificidades socio-históricas y culturales de la República Dominicana, Haití, Cuba y Puerto Rico. El eje del curso será la relación de la diáspora africana con la modernidad y con los discursos de poder y subordinación colonial o neo-colonial desde la esclavitud hasta la globalización contemporánea. La colonialidad del poder (Aníbal Quijano) como teoría que define la subordinación de los otros (africanos e indígenas) en un contexto de capital global en el que se crean diferencias raciales, sexuales, económicas y de género  organiza el análisis de la diáspora africana en las Américas.  Partiremos de la Revolución Haitiana y de las representaciones de la esclavitud, en particular la dialectica hegeliana amo-esclavo, para luego analizar varios aspectos históricos del ?miedo al negro? y la participación de líderes y poblaciones negras y mulatas en la Guerra de Independencia en Cuba. Este análisis de las ideologías fundacionales del discurso de la esclavitud y las sociedades caribeñas nos  ayudará a entrar de lleno en los discursos de ciudadanía, pertenencia a la nación y crítica del imperio estadounidense durante y después de la guerra en Cuba. Ramón E. Betances, José Martí y Rafael Serra y su visión radical de una ?nación para todos?, actúan como contrapunto a los discursos positivistas criollos inagurados con la publicación de Los negros brujos (1906) de Fernando Ortiz. Las transformaciones de este discurso positivista a uno de ?mestizaje positivo? en los años 20 y 30 y cómo se representa en la producción literaria y cultural de la poesía negrista  pondrá en diálogo visiones sobre la raza y la ?racialización? en estos contextos nacionales.  Al mismo tiempo, haremos una crítica de estos discursos criollos al enfocarnos en la producción literaria y cultural de autores negros en las tres islas. Como veremos muchas de estas definiciones de ciudadanía?especialmente en los autores negros? se mueven hacia un contexto globalizado, transnacional y postnacional creando nuevas alianzas sociales, raciales y políticas. En ese sentido, el concepto de ?racial knowledges? (subjetividades raciales) se utilizará   para definir estas representaciones que rompen con las visiones canónicas de la nación cubana, haitiana, dominicana, o puertorriqueña.  Algunos de los temas que se analizarán son: la intersección de la raza con el género y la sexualidad, la representación sicológica del mulato(a) y las culturas afrocaribeñas, el genocidio, la prisión política y los derechos humanos;  las religiones afro-diásporicas como la  santería y las subjetividades afrolatinas. El curso incluirá algunos documentales y videos. Las lecturas de la clase serán en español y en inglés.


Los estudiantes darán UN informe oral de un artículo o un texto asignado( 20%), escribirán respuestas críticas (2 páginas)  que mezclen teóricamente las lecturas asignadas para cada reunión (30%) y escribirán un trabajo final de 20 páginas sobre un tema relacionado con la clase (30%). La participación en clase es un 20% de la nota final. Favor de reportar ausencias   o tardanzas.


En University Coop:

Autobiografía de un esclavo, Juan F. Manzano

El reino de este mundo, Alejo Carpentier Over, Ramón Marrero-Aristy

Sirena Selena vestida de pena, Mayra Santos

Encancaranublado, Ana Lydia Vega

Brother, I am dying, Edwidge Danticat

AFR 301 • African American Culture

35405 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 1100-1230pm UTC 4.134
(also listed as AMS 315, ANT 310L, T D 311T)

Dr. Jossianna Arroyo

Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Office: BEN 3.120

Office Hours: 11-12:30 (T/Thu) (sign up by Blackboard) or by appointment

Spring 2010

Introduction to African American Culture

This course is a survey of African American cultural production in the United States from 1619 to the Obama Era. The purpose of the course is to critically explore the historical, social, political and cultural processes that have built African American political cultures in the United States. The main focus of the course will be African Americans in the United States, their historical and cultural languages, contributions, social struggles and legacies. Though centered on the historical-cultural experiences of African Americans in the U. S. and their struggles with persistent anti-black racism, economic exploitation and sexual-gender oppression our lectures will extend across borders to touch these same dimensions in black diasporic communities in the Americas and the United States. Thus, the course will emphasize what it means to be “African American” vis à vis other cultures in the African Diaspora, both in the Americas and globally. By the end of the course the students will be able to understand African-American cultures through the global and interconnected dimensions of black experience. While some of these Afro-diasporic communities come from different historical-cultural experiences that disavow or deny blackness we will analyze how some of these communities (Afro-Puerto Ricans) have had similar experiences of racialization and oppression not only in their places of origin but also in the United States. The course will include some films and documentaries which will be shown in class. Some theoretical key points that will be discussed will be: 1) race, identity formation and the meaning of blackness, 2) colonialism, diaspora and racial formation theory, 3) whiteness and white priviledge  4) black feminisms, gender, sexuality, knowledge production 5) Black performance, cultural agency and power.

Teaching Assistants:

Ms. Beliza Torres-Nárvaez (Theater and Performance), Email:

Mr. Adam Williams (Radio, Television and Film),

COURSE TEXTS (Required):

Painter, Nell. Creating Black Americans. Oxford UP, 2006.

Thomas, Piri. Down these mean streets. Vintage P, 1997.

Theoretical readings- posted on Blackboard Arroyo-Martínez AFR 301.


1)       Attendance

This class has a strict attendance policy.  Students are expected to attend all class and discussion meetings and attendance will be taken everyday.  Each time you have 3 absences your final grade will be diminished by a letter grade.  The rule is cumulative, so that your grade will be dropped another letter with the 4th and 6th absence.  However, a student missing more than 40% of classes (that is, having 8 or more absences) will automatically fail the course.  Please be aware that I do not make a distinction between “excused” and “unexcused” absences, except under extremely extraneous circumstances, and on a case-by-case basis.

2)       ACTIVE Class Participation (20 points)

While I will devote a part of our class time to lecturing there will be plenty of time for class discussion. Credit will be given to meaningful and critically engaged discussion in class. This means that prior to each class you must do the readings, think critically about them, and be ready to discuss them.

3)       In-Class Exams (40 points)

There will be two in-class exams (one Mid-Term and one Partial Exam); each will be worth 20 points.  Be sure to bring Blue Books to class the day of the exam.

4)       Response Paper (20 points)

Each student will be expected to turn in a response paper for the book, Down these mean streets by Piri Thomas. The question will be provided by Prof. Arroyo. These papers are to be 5 typed pages and should include a brief summary of the storyline and the student’s critical response to the story, particularly how it connects with the theme of the section under discussion and the similarities and differences between the African American and the Afro-Puerto Rican experience.

*All papers are to be single-sided, double-spaced, and typed in 12-point font.  Please make note of the deadline for the paper.  I will not accept e-mailed papers or any sort, late papers, or rewrites.  Under very special circumstances, I will provide extensions, but only with the mutual understanding that I will subtract ½ letter grade for each day that the paper is late.


All students are expected to adhere to the University’s guidelines regarding academic integrity.  This information can be found at: Students who violate these rules—including those who plagiarize—are subject disciplinary penalties, including the possibility of failure and/or dismissal from the University.  Please see Prof. Arroyo or the Teaching Assistants if you have further questions regarding plagiarism


In compliance with the UT Austin policy and equal access laws, I am available to discuss appropriate academic accommodations that may be required for students with disabilities. If accommodations are necessary, you are encouraged to discuss this with Prof. Arroyo as soon as possible. Requests for academic accommodations are to be made during the first three weeks of the semester, except for unusual circumstances, so appropriate arragements can be made. Students are encouraged to register with Student Disability Services to verify their eligibility for appropriate accommodations.

5)       Blackboard Postings (20 points)

Each week each student is expected to post comments/questions on BLACKBOARD.  THESE POSTINGS ARE TO BE UP ON BLACKBOARD BY 8AM on the morning of class. Students are expected to post every week , except during Springbreak (March 15-21)  The questions/comments could be based on the assigned reading for the day, a film seen the day before, or anything relevant for the day’s lecture or class discussion.  A student may ask whatever question s/he feels important, as long as it is a response to the reading assignment, film, book, and/or the theme under discussion.  Students may respond to each other’s comments/questions/suggestions as well—just as long as the discussion is about the topic being covered in class that day.  Each posting will be worth 1pt, adding up to a total of 20 pts.       

*To access BLACKBOARD, go to:  Once you have logged in, all students should be able to access the Discussion Board under AFR 301.   

6) Students should attend at least two events at the Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS) this Spring 2010 semester. Those of you who attend can comment about these special events in your Blackboard/comments area so we can add it to class discussion. Students who attend these events will get extra credit-points towards their final grade. Prof. Arroyo, Ms. Torres and Mr. Williams will notify class about CAAAS’ events schedule for Spring 2010.                            

? Your final grade will be calculated as follows:

            Participation                              20 points

            In-Class Exams                          40 points

            Down these mean streets  Paper        20 points

            Blackboard Postings                   20 points


            TOTAL                                   100 points



2)     NO FOOD allowed in the classroom. This is a strict University policy that we all need to follow. Be sure to eat before class.

3)     Respectful and courtesy to your peers is mandatory even when you don’t agree with their ideas.


Week 1

1/19—Introduction to the course.

Reading:  Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Racism without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States (Intro)

1/21—The Obama Era. A post-racial society?

Week 2- Race?

1/26 “Race the Power of an Illusion” Part I

1/29 “Race the Power of an Illusion” Part II

Reading: “Background readings”on film website, http:/ General/000 00-Home.htm (Post a question in Blackboard)

Week 3-Racial Formation, African Americans in the United States

2/2  Race and the Power of an Illusion-Discussion

Reading: Omi and Winant  Racial Formation in the U.S. from the 1960s-1980s (1994)

2/4 Racial Formation Theory

Reading:  “Captives Transported 1619-1850, “A Diasporic People 1630-1850” from Creating Black Americans (CBA)


Week 4

2/9 QUIZ #1  Africans in the Americas

Reading: “Those who were Enslaved”, “Those who were Free” (CBA)

2/11 Masters and Slaves I

Reading: O. Patterson, Slavery and Social Death

Week 5

2/16 Masters and Slaves II, “Unchained Voices” (part of documentary in class)

Reading: “Civil War and Emancipation”  “The Larger Reconstruction” (CBA)

2/18 African American Politics after the Civil War I

Frederick Douglass: “Lecture on Haiti” (Chicago, 1893)


Week 6

2/23 African American Politics after the Civil War II

Reading: “Hard Working People in the Depths of Segregation (CBA), Lynching and Spectacle, Amy Wood

2/26 Land and Segregation

Reading: Ida B. Wells, “Southern Horrors” 

Week 7

3/2-Jim Crow, Lynching and Race Riots

Reading: Colin Dayan, “Legal Slaves, Civil Bodies,” Richard Wright “The Man who Lived Underground”


Week 8

3/2   QUIZ #2 Slavery, civil death, and the corporate prison system

3/4 MIDTERM-Review in Class

Readings: Arturo A. Schomburg “The Negro Digs Up his Past”, WEB Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk

3/9 Afro-Diasporic histories and double conciousness

3/11 MIDTERM-In class

Week 9-SPRINGBREAK Readings, Read excerpts from The New Negro by Alain Locke and chapters 9-11 from CBA.

Week 10

3/23  Harlem Rennassaince, Culture and Power I

Readings: Langston Hughes, Claude Mc. Kay, Countee Culleen, “Women Poets of the Harlem Rennassaince” Gwendolyn Bennet, Georgia G. Johnson

3/25 Harlem Rennassaince, Culture and Power II

Readings: CBA, Chapters 12-14, Martin Luther King “Beyond Vietnam”

Week 11

3/29 Black Power and Repression I

Audio Assignment: Listen and reflect critically on Malcom X’s speech: “The Ballot or the Bullet”

4/1- Black Power and Repression II Excerpts on “Pa lante siempre pa lante Documentary on the Puerto Rican Young Lords.

Reading: Down these mean streets

Week 12

4/6  Down these mean streets

4/8 Down these mean streets

Week 13

4/13 Down these mean streets

4/15 “Every Man is Born a Poet”-Documentary on Piri Thomas  Prof. Arroyo hands out questions for Response Paper

Reading:  Roderick Ferguson “Towards a Queer of Color Critique”, James Baldwin, “My Dungeon Shook: Letter to my Nephew on the one Hundreth Anniversary of the Emancipation”


Week 14

4/20 Film: Black is Black Ain’t Part I 

4/22- Film: Black is Black Ain’t Part II  RESPONSE PAPER DUE

Reading: CBA Chapter 15, Hill Collins, “On Intersecting Oppressions” Sista II Sista, (2006)

Week 15

4/27-Hip Hop Activism and the Politics of Gender

4/29 – Katrina, Haiti: Race, Racialization and Media Violence

Selection of articles and images from Haiti, When the Leeves Broke, Part II (Selections)

Week 16

5/4  Katrina and Haiti II

5/7 Partial EXAM-In Class


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