Engendering the African Diaspora (FGSS Gateway)|
Spring 2010 not offered
AFAM 272, FGSS 271, AMST 284|
|Course Cluster: African Studies|
This course examines the history of the African diaspora from about the 17th century to the present. We begin by reviewing definitions of diaspora, in general, and the African diaspora specifically. Second, we analyze the multidirectional nature of travel between Africa, Europe, and the Americas. African women and men (here, primarily West African) and their descendants have moved in an Atlantic world by force and by choice over the centuries. Finally, we examine the intellectual work of activists, writers, and ordinary women and men of African descent who have debated the politics, artistic expression, and identity(ies) of African diaspora communities. Women as social actors and ideas about gender, femininity, and masculinity are recurrent themes in the course. Reading assignments include a range of scholarly articles, novels, primary documents, electronic sources, and films. This course illustrates that the idea of an African diaspora did not form naturally as a result of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Socioeconomic forces, individuals, community activism, and intellectual critique created and altered the meaning of African diaspora over time.
The course materials allow students to examine the cultures and societies in Africa, the Americas, and Europe through a variety of sources.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(AMST)(FGSS)(SISP-Hist Conc)
Robin Law and Paul Lovejoy, eds., THE BIOGRAPHY OF MAHOMMAH GARDO BAQUAQUA: HIS PASSAGE FROM SLAVERY TO FREEDOM IN AFRICA AND AMERICA
Mary Prince, THE HISTORY OF MARY PRINCE
Ama Ata Aidoo, OUR SISTER KILLJOY
Caryl Phillips, THE ATLANTIC SOUND
Maya Angelou, ALL GOD'S CHILDREN NEED TRAVELING SHOES
Aimé Cesaire, DISCOURSE ON COLONIALISM, tr. Joan Pinkham with introduction by Robin Kelley.
|Examination and Assignments: |
2 meduim length papers, midterm, final
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course is a gateway to the FGSS major.