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Blackness and Affect

CHUM 335
Spring 2024
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ENGL 389, AFAM 325
Course Cluster and Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory Certificate

Critical theory and the humanities are in the throes of what has been termed "the affective turn," wherein scholars theorize affect--broadly construed as social feeling or bodily intensity--as central to understanding (post/human) relationality, the social, ethics, and the political. Haunting this field of inquiry is a series of questions: Can a turn to affect account for the figure of the Slave? Can an embrace of affectivity, as potential, bring Blackness into the realm of our understanding "without trying to fill in the void" (Hartman)? Rather than conceptualizing affect as the connective thread between bodies and worlds, or as a purely relational force, how might we think about affect and non-relationality; affect outside of and against the world; affect without the body? This seminar will engage these, and related, questions through extended explorations of the relationship between affect theory and Blackness. Readings will include: Frantz Fanon, Lauren Berlant, Brian Massumi, Sarah Ahmed, Rizvana Bradley, Xine Yao, Sianne Ngai, and Darieck Scott, among others.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA CHUM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CSCT)(ENGL)(ENGL-Creative W)
Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above

Last Updated on JUN-14-2024
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