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Instructor Info:Suzette Spencer
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Monday
02:30 PM - 05:20 PM Adele Simmons Hall (ASH) 111
Description: "Formations of Black Subjection and Scenes of Resistance" departs from Saidiya Hartman's book Scenes of Subjection in its exploration, identification, and interrogation of formations of black subjection and resistance to subjection from the eighteenth century to the present. We will perform close readings of literature, law, and various cultural texts, forms of sociality, and spatial arrangements by and through which racialized, gendered, and socio-economic class-based forms of subjection and coercion have been constructed and are in some instances still maintained. We will engage the problem of resistance-its wily definitions and expressions, conditions of possibility, potentiality, and limits. And we will look in both common and unexpected places, mining how discourses of liberty, freedom, egalitarianism, resistance, and even empathy, humanitarianism, inclusiveness, and joy can become leveraged strategically as vehicles for subjection and problematic exclusions. Requirements: presentations, research- papers, independent projects, attendance.