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Philosophy of Memory in African American Literature

AFAM 304
Spring 2016
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: ENGL 301
Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory

This course will consider the importance of memory in African American literature and will explore the many ways in which authors of African descent engage, transform, and build on long-established intellectual traditions of the mind. Students will explore the importance of the idea of "memory" to these intellectual traditions of the mind and will trace the praxis of remembering as a literary act through African American literature of the Long 19th Century. Finally, students will explore how persons of African descent are dehumanized through a systematic reduction of their mental capacities in these same philosophical traditions of the mind. We will discuss the ways in which memory specifically figures into this dehumanization, and how authors of African descent used these very theories to resist the reification and overdetermination of both their liteary works and their selves.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA AFAM
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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