|Course Cluster: African Studies, African Studies Minor|
Despite being forged over centuries of trans-oceanic movement, colonization, slavery, and structural adjustment, "African culture" is too often approached as peripheral and archaic. This course moves Africa from the margins to the center of histories of globalization to understand how Africa and Africans have shaped the emergence of modern world systems and global cultural economies. Equally, it puts world-spanning movement and connection at the center of African Cultural Studies to understand how global circulations of people and things, images and sounds, narratives and styles have shaped African cultural production and everyday life. Students will critically examine the images, narratives, and representations of Africa that circulate globally. Course materials pair novels, films, visual arts, and music produced in Africa and its Diaspora with interdisciplinary readings from history, anthropology, philosophy, urban studies, and literary theory. Students will become familiar with the diversity of connections through which Africa has gone global, study how African artists and other cultural producers have shaped and responded to these connections, and cultivate a critical perspective on Africa's contemporary place in the world.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ANTH)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
A. Igoni Barett ż BLACKASS. Course pack including essays by Binyavanga Wainaina, Everjoice Win, Frederick Cooper, Phillip Curtin, Frantz Fanon, Julius Nyerere, Chinua Achebe, Ngugi Wa Thiongżo, Mamdou Diouf, Jennifer Cole, Mark Hunter, Stella Nyanzi, Liisa Malkki, Teju Cole, Achille Mbembe. Assigned Films: Xala, Bamako, Call me Kuchu.
|Examination and Assignments: |
5 pg. midterm paper, 12pg final research paper and presentation
|Instructor(s): Doherty,Jacob Times: .M.W... 10:50AM-12:10PM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 18||SR major: 4||JR major: 6|| || |
|Seats Available: 7||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 0||JR non-major: 2||SO: 6||FR: 0|
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