Spring 2012 not offered
|Certificates: International Relations|
This seminar examines Africa and Africans as active participants of the history of the modern Atlantic world, encompassing Africa, the Americas, and Europe. Africans shaped modern history not only as slaves, but as traders, revolutionaries, missionaries, and intellectuals. After looking at scholarly definitions of the Atlantic world, we will examine several case studies including revolutionary Haiti; late-18th-century London; 19th-century South Africa and the U.S. South; 19th- and 20th-century Brazil and West Africa; and interwar Paris. Many of our examples involve movement around an Atlantic world and different source materials, sometimes in the words of Africans and people of African descent themselves. How are African women and men and their descendants represented in histories that incorporate multiple locations and nations? How do they identify themselves, and how do their identities shift over time?
Intercultural Literacy, Writing
The course will introduce students to multiple African societies and cultures and relate those histories to the Americas and Europe.
Students will have several writing assignments over the course of the semester to improve their skills and to practice different writing styles.
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||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-Arcp/Hist)
Vincent Carretta, Equiano, the African: Biography of a Self-Made Man
Laurent Dubois, Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution
Brent Hayes Edwards, The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation and the Rise of Black Internationalism
James Campbell, Songs of Zion: The African Methodist Church in the United States and South Africa
J. Lorand Matory, Black Atlantic Religion: Tradition, Transnationalism, and Matriarchy in the Afro-Brazilian Candomble
Maryse Conde, Who Slashed CÚlanire's Throat?
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Weekly response papers/class participation - 20%
Take- home midterm - 25%
Lead Discussion - 20%
Final Project -35%
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