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Lisa Moore Interim, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Fall 2006

WGS 340 • Black Public Culture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
49596 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
JES A303A
Allen, Jafari

Course Description

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.

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