Course Listings - Spring 2012
Our roster of cross-listed courses is updated frequently; students should visit individual department sites for the most current listings.
AAS 245/ART 245
Harlem Renaissance and Black Arts Movement
Lecture L01: 10:00 – 10:50 TTh
This course surveys important moments in 20th-Century African American art from the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s to the 1960s Black Arts movement. Our close studies of the work of major artists will be accompanied by examination of influential theories and ideologies of blackness during two key moments of black racial consciousness in the United States. We shall cover canonical artists and writers such as Aaron Douglas, James van der Zee, William H. Johnson, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, W. E. B. Du Bois, Alain Locke, James Porter and Jeff Donaldson.
AAS 310/ENG 324/MUS 256
Music from the Hispanophone Caribbean
Seminar S01: 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm Th
This interdisciplinary seminar utilizes the musical cultures of Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba to reflect upon the aesthetic, migratory, and social histories of the Hispanophone Caribbean. Students will listen to the sounded legacies of conquest, slavery, colonialism, and U.S. intervention and occupation. The effects of transnational migration on music's performance and reception will also be one of the key themes in the course. We will not only consider the creative traditions and receptive worlds embedded in musical recordings, but will also pay attention to music's traces in literature, film, and other ephemera.
AAS 314/COM 396
Model Memoirs: The Life Stories of International Fashion Models
Seminar S01: 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm W
Explores the life-writing of American, African, and Asian women in the fashion industry as a launching point for thinking about race, gender, and class. How do ethnicity and femininity intersect? How are authenticity and difference commodified? How do women construct identities through narrative and negotiate their relationships to their bodies, families, and nations? This course will include guest lectures by fashion editors and models; discussions of contemporary television programs, global fashion, and cultural studies; and student self-narratives about their relationships with cultural standards of beauty, whether vexed or not.
AAS 345/AMS 346
Black Politics in the Americas
Seminar S01: 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm TTh
This course provides an introduction to the study of black politics throughout the Americas. It will focus on the major paradigms associated with race and identity, both in the United States and Latin America such as, racial ideology, racial inequality, identity, black political behavior, affirmative action and black activism. The course will highlight the similarities and differences in black identity formation, state policy and ideology in the two regions.
AAS 349/HIS 465
Seminar S01: 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm W
Robert Moses and Tera Hunter
Seminar participants are invited to join the faculty in an examination of conspicuous and neglected narratives about the history and functions of public education in the United States. Our focus will be on education as a prerequisite for economic, political and personal freedom. Special attention will be given to how education was understood and pursued in antislavery and civil rights movements and to the impacts of mechanization, industrialization, globalization and information-based economies.
ENROLLMENT BY APPLICATION. DEPARTMENTAL PERMISSION REQUIRED. To apply, please complete the course application and email to April Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AAS 359/ENG 366
African American Literature: Harlem Renaissance to the Present
Lecture L01: 1:30 pm – 2:20 pm TTh
Farah J. Griffin
This course explores the relationship between cultural production and historical phenomena (such as the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, and the Civil Rights Movement, for example) in 20th- and 21st-century African American literature. Additionally, we will consider the place of African American literature and cultural production in a global narrative that encompasses decolonization, multiculturalism and globalization. Primary texts include novels, short stories, poetry and video and performance art.
AAS 360/GSS 380
Ain’t I A Woman? Women of Color and the Politics of Feminism
Seminar S01 : 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T
Women of color have produced a heterogeneous body of thought at times at odds with feminist politics that tend to be dominated by whites and with civil rights and nationalist discourses that tend to be dominated by men. This course explores this genealogy and how women of color have created knowledge and worked for justice from marginalized perspectives.
AAS 375/PSY 375
Social Stigma: On Being A Target of Prejudice
Seminar S01: 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm W
Individuals subject to social stigma possess, or are believed to posses, an attribute that marks them as members of a group that is devalued within a particular social context. In this course we will attempt to understand the psychological impact of being stigmatized by reading and discussing social psychological research and theories that illustrate central ideas and debates on this topic. Specifically, we will examine how social stigma affects academic performance, health, interpersonal interactions and self-understanding, as well as how people cope with stigma.
AAS 387/ENG 380/GSS 387
“Run the World”: Black Women, Popular Music Culture from Modernity to the New Millennium
Seminar S01: 1:30 pm – 2:20 pm MW
Black women have used various forms of musical expression as sites of social and ideological resistance and revision. Through an exploration of voice, lyricism, kinesthetic performance, instrumentality and visual aesthetics, this course examines the world wide underground of black feminist sonic cultures, and it re-interrogates pop music subculture theories through the intersecting prisms of race, gender, class and sexuality.
AAS 407/SOC 407
Race, Social Inequality, and Education
Seminar S01: 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm T
Noliwe Rooks and Angel Harris
Education is becoming increasingly important for upward social mobility in the U.S. and abroad. Education has been linked to societal inequalities in health, income, and other life-chance measures. This course will focus on the role of education in both the production and amelioration of social inequality. Particular attention is given to racial achievement gaps. By engaging both quantitative and qualitative studies, you will acquire 1) knowledge of the historical trends and understanding of racial differences in achievement, and 2) a broad understanding of the current issues/debates in the literature.
AAS 445/ANT 445
The Post Colonial Subject
Seminar S01: 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm Th
Power is often represented as a "top-down" phenomenon, meaning that those who have the most power control what we do, what we know, and even how we feel. That is particularly the case in the study of marginalized people (e.g. African Americans) who are often not seen as creative agents, but as victims of the powerful. Contemporary cultural studies challenge the "top-down" understanding of power and look instead at the role of the individual in creating, recreating, and resisting power. This course will challenge both approaches from the perspectives of race, class, and gender.
CROSS LISTED BY AAS
DAN 211/AAS 211
The American Dance Experience and Africanist Dance Practices
Studio U01 : 2:30 pm - 4:20 pm MW
Dyane Harvey Salaam
A studio course introducing students to American dance aesthetics and practices, with a focus on how its evolution has been influenced by African American choreographers and dancers. An ongoing study of movement practices from traditional African dances and those of the African diaspora, touching on American jazz dance, modern dance, and American ballet. Studio work will be complemented by readings, video viewings, guest speakers, and dance studies.
ENG 402/AAS 408/LAO 402
Forms of Literature – Introduction to U.S. Latina/o Literature
Seminar S01 : 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm T
This course introduces key readings and developments in U.S. Latina/o literature from the early twentieth century to the present. With a focus on Nuyorican, Cuban, Dominican, Chicana/o and Tejana/o populations, students will examine how literature both mirrors and informs conditions of migration; debates about race, gender and sexuality; issues of language; myths of assimilation; and oral-literary traditions.
ENG 555/AAS 555
American Literary Traditions – The Archive, Minstrelsy and American Literature
Seminar S01 : 6:30 pm - 9:20 pm T
This interdisciplinary seminar takes the site and sign of blackface minstrelsy as a point of departure in theorizing and conducting archival studies. What can the archive tell us about how to (re)read 19th century America's most popular cultural form? How does that archive resonate in critical theory as well as cultural texts? We'll explore both "archival ephemera" (scripts and playbills, sheet music, press clippings, etc.), as well as novels, plays, early sound recordings, cinematic texts, dance performances, visual art and children's toys with the aim of mapping the "trace" of the blackface lore cycle in American literature and culture.
HIS 393/AAS 364/WWS 492
Race, Drugs, and Drug Policy in America
Lecture L01 : 11:00 am – 11:50 am TTh
From "Chinese opium" to Oxycontin, and from cocaine and "crack" to BiDil, drug controversies reflect enduring debates about the role of medicine, the law, the policing of ethnic identity, and racial difference. This course explores the history of controversial substances (prescription medicines, over-the-counter products, black market substances, psychoactive drugs), and how, from cigarettes to alcohol and opium, they become vehicles for heated debates over immigration, identity, cultural and biological difference, criminal character, the line between legality and illegality, and the boundaries of the normal and the pathological.
REL 582/AAS 582
Study of Race, Gender & Slavery in Western & Non-Western Societies
Seminar S01 : 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm Th
Shaun E. Marmon
This seminar is an interdisciplinary inquiry that will examine: 1. The theories, practices and historiographies of slavery in non-Western societies, including pre-modern societies defined as "Western" and 2. The historiography of the constructions of race/ethnicity in both Western and non-Western contexts. The symposium "Slavery, Race and Gender in Islamic Societies: A Comparative Perspective," to be held at Princeton March 17-18, will be a component of the seminar.