Performing "Africa" in Brazil|
Fall 2016 not offered
AFAM 250, DANC 252|
This course explores the construction, performance, and consumption of blackness in Brazil through embodied cultural practices. African descendants in Brazil went from being considered an obstacle to the country's progress to being celebrated as "the essence" of a unique, welcoming, exotic culture. This course examines the construction of Brazilian identity through the Afro-diasporic traditions of samba, capoeira, and condomblé in the early 20th century. Focusing on the state of Bahia, the "Afro-Brazilian capital," this course will also cover late 20th-century Afro-centric practices such as blocos-Afro and their relationship to the global tourism industry. We will consider debates of origins, tradition, and authenticity surrounding Afro-diasporic practices in Brazil.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Paul Gilroy, THE BLACK ATLANTIC: MODERNITY AND DOUBLE CONSCIOUSNESS
Ruth Landes, CITY OF WOMEN
Stefania Capone, SEARCHING FOR AFRICA IN BRAZIL
Anadélia Romo, BRAZIL'S LIVING MUSEUM: RACE, REFORM AND TRADITION IN BAHIA
Matthias Röhrig Assunção, CAPOEIRA: THE HISTORY OF AN AFRO-BRAZILIAN MARTIAL ART
Patricia de Santana Pinho, MAMA AFRICA: REINVENTING BLACKNESS IN BAHIA
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three critical response papers.
Final research paper