History of African Art and Material Culture|
This course offers an introduction to the rich and varied visual arts of Africa. By examining certain visual practices that evoke a distorted understanding of the continent, the course confronts stereotypes about Africa. We will analyze a selection of compelling objects that represent a variety of African visual cultures, both historical and contemporary. The course offers evidence of a continent with a history to counter the idea that Africa is "frozen in time" and that African "traditions" never change. Weekly readings and video screenings will aim to provide a comprehensive overview of the art of diverse ethnicities to counter the notion that "Africa is a country" and "a continent in isolation."
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFST-MN)(ARHA-MN)(ARHA)(ARST)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 75% - 89%
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
A selection of articles, essays, and book chapters will be available on the course Moodle page and on electronic reserves. Students will read the work of scholars such as Cynthia Becker, Suzanne Blier, Donald Cosentino, Henry Drewal, Peter Garlake, Bernard de Grunne, Curtis Keim, John Mack, Carol Magee, Prita Meier, John Picton, Labelle Prussin, Nii Quarcoopome, Binyavanga Wainaina, Frank Willett, and others.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Reading summaries, term paper, midterm exam, final exam.
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|Instructor(s): Nwafor,Okechukwu Charles Times: ..T.R.. 08:50AM-10:10AM; Location: BOGH112; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 19||SR major: 4||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: -4||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 4||FR: 3|
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