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Horror in Black Philosophy
PHIL 344
Spring 2025
Section: 01  

This class will trace notions of horror through the history of Black philosophy, through close readings of works such as W.E.B. DuBois's Souls of Black Folk, Sylvia Wynter's "Unsettling the Coloniality of Being/Power/Truth/Freedom," Calvin Warren's Ontological Terror, and Denise Ferreira da Silva's Towards a Global Idea of Race. We will then examine Black horror films in the context of this philosophical lineage. We will pay special attention to the use of concepts of ineffability, inarticulability, and unintelligibility in the articulation of Blackness and anti-Black violence, and connect these concepts to the aesthetics and phenomenology of horror.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS PHIL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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