AMS 390 • Paradigms: African American Studies
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The course will also explore various paradigms for approaching African-American Studies in the past, present and into the future. Departments and Centers of African-American Studies (Afro-American Studies, Black Studies, Africana Studies, etc) have existed in colleges and universities for approaching 35 years. Moreover, the discipline of African-American Studies also has roots in independent scholarly pursuit and other kinds of institutional and non-institutional spaces. These include the work of scholars such as W.E.B. DuBois, Harold Cruise, Zora Neale Hurston and Carter G. Woodson and institutional settings such as the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), the Journal of Negro History, the Negro History Bulletin, and the College Language Association (CLA). This course will trace the transformation of the discipline over the more formally institutionalized settings of the last 35 years. It will also place this mainstreamed production of African-Americanist scholarship in conversation with previous scholarship that has not enjoyed such a privileged status in colleges and universities.
Main Texts may include: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The Signifying Monkey, Albert Murray, The Omni-Americans, Cornel West, Prophesy Deliverance!, William Julius Wilson, The Truly Disadvantaged Robin D. G. Kelley, Race Rebels, Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic, George Lipsitz, The Possessive Investment in Whiteness Nell Painter, Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol, Tricia Rose, Black Noise, W. E. B. DuBois, Souls of Black Folk and sourcebook of articles and book excerpts