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Instructor Info:Suzette Spencer
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
06:00 PM - 07:20 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 102
06:00 PM - 07:20 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 102
Description: 'Crossing the Danger Water:' 300+ Years of Black Inscriptions undertakes the study of writing and cultural production (broadly defined) by and about black people, as well as the various social, political, intellectual, aesthetic, and racialized contexts that shaped and produced such writing and cultural production. We will study both early and contemporary forms of black writing and cultural production, meaning works from centuries past and our present, and that encompass stories and black experiences inscribed in written form, song, visual culture, and film. The course is historically grounded, which means that, while addressing questions of race, nation, class, and gender, one of our central concerns will be to chart artistic and contextual shifts, repetitions, extended conversations and conditions, echoes and reverberations, and what all these have come to mean across time and what they meant in their own time. Requirements: attendance, response papers and posts, presentations, and in-class discussion.