Black Popular Culture|
We will begin with an in-depth study of the field of black cultural studies and how it has identified the academic disassociation of "black," "popular culture," and "cultural studies" as inadequate. This will lead to a deconstruction of the terminology and the re-construction (or rejection) of several class-generated models. Several germinal texts will lead our way, both print and primary. Subsequently, we will focus on the most recent academic contribution to black popular culture studies, Harry J. Elam, Jr. and Kennell Jackson's BLACK CULTURAL TRAFFIC. With the guidance of the book, we will investigate the international examples presented in its chapters, ranging from Manthia Diawara's recounting of his youth in Bamado listening to Malick Sidebé and James Brown to Kobena Mercer's musings on Diasporic Aesthetics and Visual Culture to Tim'm T. West's use of José Muñoz's theory of disidentification and the pressure on "keepin' it real." The class will then develop its own models of study, both national and international, culminating in multimedia final presentations.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Elam and Jackson, Editors, BLACK CULTURAL TRAFFIC: CROSSROADS IN GLOBAL PERFORMANCE AND POPULAR CULTURE
Dent, Gina, Editors, BLACK POPULAR CULTURE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Short writing assignments, mid-term paper, final paper, group project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Informed and regular class participation.
|Instructor(s): Bean,Annemarie Times: .....F. 01:10PM-04:00PM; Location: FISK314; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 25||SR major: 6||JR major: 6|| || |
|Seats Available: 10||GRAD: 0||SR non-major: 4||JR non-major: 6||SO: 3||FR: 0|
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