Educating a New Majority
Richard O. Hope; Seminar S01: 7:30 – 10:20 p.m. T
This course examines minority education in the United States in the context of the sociology of education and intergroup relations from a historical perspective and the most recent conditions facing African-Americans and other minorities. It will study changing demographic characteristics of these groups as it relates to the quality of their education, the consequences of these factors on them, urban America, and educational institutions in the 21st century.
This course is by application only. Please contact the Center for African American Studies, One Palmer Square-315, 258-4270 email:farahb@Princeton.edu, Monday, April 9th, 2007. Those admitted will be notified via email.
Topics in African American Literature:
Gender, Sexuality, and the African American Novel
Miriam J. Petty; Seminar S01: 1:30 -4:20 p.m. W
This course pairs readings of post-New Negro Movement works by African American authors with key readings in black feminist theory. To the extent that issues of gender and sexuality often play an uneasy second to issues of race when considering works of African American literature, this course offers students an explicit and extensive opportunity to consider the complex interplay between race, sexuality, and gender in modern political and cultural formations. Many of the course's novels share a concern with issues of family, especially gender-based dynamics between parents and children.
The Civil Rights Movement
Joshua B. Guild; Seminar S01: 1:30 – 4:20 p.m. T
This course examines the evolution of African American political mobilization from 1945 to 1975. It explores the various ways that African Americans articulated their political demands and affirmed their citizenship, using worker' rights, the church, feminism, education, war, grassroots organizations, the federal bureaucracy, and the law as tools for political action. The readings for this course draw heavily from personal narratives, oral testimonies, and historical scholarship. One three-hour seminar.
History of Criticism
Daphne A. Brooks; Seminar S01: 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. T
A survey of literary works in the field of popular music cultural criticism. We will examine a variety of critical and popular music texts from diverse genres (classic aor rock, hip hop, R&B, country, techno, indie rock, jazz). Readings include journalistic essays, as well as musician interviews, album liner notes and scholarly articles. The course traces the evolution of rock music criticism from the late 1960s to the present day. It explores the aesthetics of popular music writing, as well as the ways in which racial, gender, class and sexual identity politics radically shape and influence the form as well as the content of the genre.
Topics in Black Literature:
Black Women Artist-Intellectuals
Mendi L. Obadike; Seminar S01: 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. T
This course explores work produced in what are presumably two contexts--the creative and the
intellectual. Some works might be perceived as objects of creative fields (ie: the poetry book, the
performed script, the documented conceptual artwork) and others of intellectual fields (ie: the scholarly book or essay). We will ask whether the "creative" works might be read as part of each artist's intellectual project, and whether the "scholarly" works might be read as part of her artistic project. Our work will require us to explore the ways in which notions of "intellectual", "artist", and "black woman" inform each artist's work and career.
Not Open to Freshmen
ENG /AAS 556
Black Women Writers of the 1940s and 1950s
Valerie A. Smith; Seminar S01: 1:30 - 4:20 p.m. T
Jacqueline Goldsby has referred to the post-World War II/pre-Civil Rights Movement era as the second "woman's era" in African American literature. Although Gwendolyn Brooks, Margaret Walker, Ann Petry and Lorraine Hansberry achieved unprecedented critical and popular acclaim during the period of the 1940s and 1950s, they have received little attention as a group who circulated in personal and literary networks. We will read works by these writers in relation to each other in order to consider such issues as the formal and thematic appeal of their work and their place in contemporary literary, political and public intellectual life.
Not Open to Freshmen
African-American History to 1863
Thea K. Hunter; Lecture L01: 11:00 -11:50 am MW
The history of Africans in the Americas is integral to the history of the New World. This course presents an introduction to the life and times of the members of the African Diaspora in the Americas from early 17th-century to the U.S. Civil War and familiarizes students with an expanded understanding of the presence of Africans in America. The focus is on the history of Africans in the New World largely in relation to Britain and the English-speaking colonies, but will include places such as Saint Domingue a French colony that becomes Haiti.
African American Politics
Melissa V. Harris-Lacewell, Lecture L01: 11:00- 11:50 am T TH
This course provides an introduction to the political experience of African Americans. The course is primarily contemporary in its focus although we will deal briefly with the Civil Rights movement of the mid-twentieth century. Topics include African American political thought, voting and participation, urban politics, race and elected office, religion and politics, and issues of gender, class and sexual identity at the intersections of black politics. This course has a substantial reading load.
POL 581/ AAS 581
African American Political thought
Melissa V. Harris-Lacewell, Seminar S01: 9:00-11:50 am T
Politics has played a key role in the African American experience in the United States. This course offers and intensive introduction to black political thought. This course focuses on the various ideologies and strategies, which have informed the African American quest for human fulfillment, self-actualization, and equity in the United States of America. The readings will focus on thinkers and activists from the twentieth century.