Past Courses - 2006
Our roster of cross-listed courses is updated frequently; students should visit individual department sites for the most current listings.
Introduction to the Study of African-American Cultural Practices
Cornel West; Lecture L01: 3:30-4:20 p.m. M W
This course examines the past and present, the doings and the sufferings of Americans of African descent from a multidisciplinary perspective. It highlights the ways in which serious intellectual scrutiny of the agency of black people in the United States helps redefine what it means to be American, new world, modern and post modern.
AAS 207/ENG 207
Introduction to African-American Literature
Daphne A. Brooks; Lecture L01: 1:30 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. T Th
This introductory course focuses on texts from the mid-eighteenth century through the early 20th century; it will cover early texts such as poetry by Phillis Wheatley & Paul Laurence Dunbar; oratory by David Walker, Sojourner Truth; slave narratives by Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs; spirituals; black theatre by Pauline Hopkins, Bert Williams; fiction by Charles Chesnutt, James Weldon Johnson; & non-fiction by W.E.B. DuBois, Anna Julia Cooper, Booker T. Washington. The course explores how black literature engages with the politics of cultural identity formation, notions of freedom, citizenship, and aesthetic forms.
AAS 321/REL 321
Black Power and Its Theology of Liberation
Eddie S. Glaude; Lecture L01: 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W
This course examines the various pieties of the Black Power Era. We chart the explicit and implicit utopian visions of the politics of the period that, at once, criticized established black religious institutions and articulated alternative ways of imagining salvation. We also explore the attempt by black theologians to translate the prophetic black church tradition into the idiom of black power. Our aim is to keep in view the significance of the Black Power era for understanding the changing role and place of black religion in black public life.
POL 337/AAS 338
Disaster, Race, and American Politics
Melissa Harris-Lacewell; Lecture L01: 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. T Th
Hurricane Katrina was one of the worst modern disasters in the United States. Like other disasters in American history, it provides a lens for understanding many of the fault lines within American society and politics. This course uses disaster and its racial consequences to analyze a wide range of topics in the study of American politics. Using disaster as a focal point this course will cover topics that include: African American literary responses to disaster; American racial history; the contemporary racial divide in American public opinion; the role of the media in politics; federalism; urban politics; religion and politics; and civil society in the United States.
AAS 356/AMS 356
Migration, Urban Space, and African-American Culture
Noliwe Rooks; Seminar S01: 7:30 p.m. - 10:20 p.m. M
From 1910 until 1940 African Americans migrated from rural to urban areas. This interdisciplinary course will focus on cultural geography, or how the resulting changes and realignments of place and space have shaped and continue to shape American society and affect understandings of African American identity and culture.
HIS 386/AAS 366
African-American History to 1863
T.K. Hunter; Lecture L01: 11:00 am - 11:50 am M W
An examination of the history of African Americans from 1619 to 1863. Issues to be discussed include the African origins of African Americans, the slave trade, slavery, the construction of black culture and institutions, free blacks, resistance, the abolitionist movement, and emancipation.
AAS 392/ENG 392
Topics in African American Literature: When is Blackness Stereotyped?
Mendi L. Obadike; Seminar S01: 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm M
The course explores the nature of stereotype. It focuses on representations of blackness produced in the US American context. Students are to trace arguments across a number of critical writings while engaging with creative works that present or explode stereotypes of blackness. We will attend to the challenge of identifying stereotype when a representation of blackness is not fixed by an image and the challenge of distinguishing stereotype from archetype.