Fall 2013 Courses
AAS 201 (SA)
Introduction to the Study of African American Cultural Practices
Lecture L01: 11:00 am - 11:50 am MW
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 help redefine what it means to be American, new world, modern and post modern. Required course for AAS certificate
AAS 321/REL 321 (HA)
Black Power and Its Theology of Liberation
Lecture L01: 1:30 pm – 2:20 pm MW
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.
AAS 324/ENG 383/GSS 324 (LA)
Race, Sex, and the Marriage Plot in American Film Comedies
Lecture L01: 10:00 am – 10:50 am TTh
This course examines how comedy in American cinema has been enlisted to stage race, sexuality, and their conjunctions in twentieth-century America. Taking the marriage plot as the communal narrative through which sexual, racial, and national tensions negotiate their conflicts, this course analyzes films made by, and sometimes about, Jewish Americans, African Americans, and Asian Americans, as well as movies from mainstream Hollywood that do not, on first sight, seem to thematize race but in fact are struggling with the racial and sexual troubles haunting the formation of the nation.
AAS 327/LAS 335/COM 376 (LA)
Blackness in the Early Modern Atlantic World
Seminar S01: 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm MW
Larissa Brewer-Garcia (Society of Fellows Postdoctoral Fellow in Race and Ethnicity Studies)
This comparative course examines notions of human difference (blackness in particular) via literature, travel writing, and other contemporary materials from Iberia, England, France, and the Americas. As we read these texts, we will consider how modern notions of race, gender, and sexuality have shaped our view of blackness in the early modern world, and, possibly, vice-versa. The ultimate aim of the course is to consider the overlaps and differences between paradigms, images, and theories of blackness generated by Iberian, English, and French contact with Africa, America, and the East.
AAS 353/ENG 352 (LA)
African American Literature: Origins to 1910
Lecture L01: 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm MW
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. Fulfills AAS certificate core survey course requirement.
AAS 362/WWS 386/POL 338 (SA)
Race and the American Legal Process: Emancipation to the Voting Rights Act
Lecture L01: 11:00 – 11:50 am MW
This course examines the dynamic and often conflicted relationships between African American struggles for inclusion, and the legislative, administrative, and judicial decision-making responding to or rejecting those struggles from Reconstruction to the passage of the Voting Rights Act. In tracing these relationships we will cover issues such as property, criminal law, suffrage, education, and immigration, with a focus on the following theoretical frameworks: equal protection, due process, civic participation and engagement, and political recognition.
AAS 365/REL 362/ENG 394 (LA)
Migration and the Literary Imagination
Seminar S01: 7:30 – 10:20 pm W
This course will explore the various meanings of The Great Migration and mobility found in 20th century African American literature. Through careful historical and literary analysis, we will examine the significant impact migration has had on African American writers and the ways it has framed their literary representations of modern black life.
AAS 411/ART 471/AFS 411 (LA)
Art, Apartheid, and South Africa
Seminar S01: 7:30 pm – 10:20 pm T
Apartheid, the political doctrine of separation of races in South Africa (1948-1990), dominated the (South) African political discourse in the second half of the 20th century. While it lasted, art and visual cultures were marshaled in the defense and contestation of its ideologies. Since the end of Apartheid, artists, filmmakers, dramatists, and scholars continue to reexamine the legacies of Apartheid, and the social, philosophical, and political conditions of non-racialized South Africa. Course readings examine issues of race, nationalism and politics, art and visual culture, and social memory in South Africa.
AAS 412/ENG 425/LAO 412 (LA)
Cultures of the Afro-Diaspora
Lecture L01: 11:00 am – 12:20 pm TTh
This course analyzes key readings and studies on Afro-diasporic cultures across the Americas in the 20th century. From reggae's unrelenting rhythms to the dances that move carnaval, the New World thrums with activity from populations that have persevered conditions of displacement to create new aesthetic forms. We will investigate expansive notions of blackness that move beyond national paradigms and the productive pressure that performance puts on ontologies of identity such as the Afro-Latino, African American, and West Indian in theory and literature. Artists include Bob Marley, Katherine Dunham, Jorge Ben, and Patato y Totico.
AAS 477/HIS 477 (HA)
The Civil Rights Movement
Seminar S01: 1:30 – 4:20 pm W
This interdisciplinary course examines the evolution of African American social and political mobilization from World War II through the 1970s. Through an analysis of historical scholarship, oral history, sermons, works of literature, film and music, it explores the various ways that African Americans articulated their political demands and affirmed their citizenship using the church, grassroots organizations, workers' rights, feminism, education, war, the federal bureaucracy, and the law as tools for political action. The course also considers the ways these movements have been remembered, memorialized, and appropriated in more recent times.
The Politics and Aesthetics of Black Queer Formations
Grad Seminar S01: 1:30 – 4:20 pm M
Roderick Ferguson (Old Dominion Fellow of the Humanities Council and the Center for African American Studies)
This graduate seminar will analyze diasporic black queer cultures as political and philosophical engagements. In doing so, the course intervenes into three long-standing theoretical formulations—the senses, the associations, and politics, categories that have been famously examined by thinkers such as Aristotle, Spinoza, Hume, Kant, and Saussure. The course looks at how black queer artists and activists rearticulated these formulations as they engaged the exigencies of neoliberal state and economic formations.
CROSS LISTED BY AAS
ART 260/AAS 260/AFS 260
Introduction to African Art
Lecture L01: 1:30 pm – 2:20 pm TTh
COM 239/AAS 239
Introduction to African Literature and Film
Lecture L01: 3:30 pm – 4:20 pm TTh
ENG 397/AAS 397
New Diasporas: African and Caribbean Writers in Europe and North America
Seminar S01: 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm MW
ENG 402/AAS 408/LAO 402
Forms of Literature: Introduction to U.S. Latina/o Literature
Seminar S01: 1:30 – 2:50 pm TTh
HIS 387/AAS 367
African American History from Reconstruction to the Present
Lecture L01: 10:00 am –10:50 am MW
Fulfills AAS certificate core survey course requirement
HIS 402/AAS 402/AMS 412
Princeton and Slavery
Seminar S01: 11:00 am –12:20 pm MW
REL 256/AAS 256
African American Religious History
Lecture L01: 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm MW