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1492: States of War

ENGL 301
Fall 2022
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: AFAM 303
Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate

This course approaches 1492 as a signifier and time-stamp of modernity. It signifies and time-stamps an ongoing war against people of African descent. It grounds systems of representation, racialization, and colonization with which we must reckon. By reading richly symptomatic, primary, historical documents about "blood," race, geography, and slavery in Saint Domingue/Santo Domingo, as well as some contemporary fiction, art, and critical theory that re-narrate and theorize Caribbean history, we will focus on the historical frame of 1440 into the 18th century. This frame holds with specific reference to Frank B. Wilderson III's notion of when the "gratuitous violence" of the Middle Ages begins "to mark the Black ontologically." We will read sometimes for imperial notions of sovereignty, Man, selfhood, force, race, land, property, and labor, and other times for Caribbean notions and narratives that are at war with said imperial, Christian, Western onto-epistemological schemata. Conceptually, the course thinks from and about Caribbean literary studies, Black critical theory, aspects of Enlightenment thought, and deconstruction.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(CSCT)(ENGL)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on JUN-21-2024
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