WGS 340 • Black Public Culture
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
This course is a critical survey of cultural expressions and political moments of African descended people since the social, cultural, and political upheavals of the 1970's. Interdisciplinary reading [reading, listening, looking] assignments are drawn from visual art, music, television, film; fashion, poetry and fiction writing, ethnography, history, cultural criticism, and everyday life. Students will trace the contours of black diaspora politics and erotics. That is, they will become familiar with a range of key movements, discourses, practices and theorizations of black public culture by confronting a range of local sites/events/texts [in Africa, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, US] that highlight issues of, for example, performance and style; pleasure/joy; participation and representation; faith ; gender; sexuality; beauty; race; and class.