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Building Houses, Building Identities: Architecture in the Atlantic World, From Africa to America

ARHA 294
Fall 2006
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AFAM 296
Course Cluster: African Studies

African architecture, from houses to monumental mosques, reflects cultural interaction and identities. From 1550 to 1850 twelve million Africans were forcibly transported from their homes to the Americas. They brought with them cultural knowledge and technological expertise. That knowledge transformed the landscape, from Brazil to New Orleans to Virginia. Historians are only now beginning to understand that the Atlantic basin can best be understood as a cultural unit. From Senegal to Brazil, African architecture created a new, hybrid style. This course studies the buildings of the Atlantic basin. From the great mosques of medieval West Africa to the plantation houses of Brazil and the American South, African builders introduced concepts and forms that included the verandah, the enclosed porch or gallery, and probably, too, the shotgun house of New Orleans. This course looks first at African art and architecture, then at the spread of African technology to the New World.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ART
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(ARHA-MN)(ARHA)(ARST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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