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Spring 2012-2013
ENG 556 / AAS 556   No Pass/D/Fail

African-American Literature - A Sound Theory of Blackness: African American Literature & Music

Daphne A. Brooks

An exploration of sonic theory and the African American literary tradition from the 19th century through the millennium with special emphasis placed on major debates in jazz studies and a critical (re)examination of blues ideologies, as well as the politics and poetics of R&B and soul, funk, Afrofuturism, punk, pop and hip hop. Course participants will place the work of a range of cultural theorists (Douglass, DuBois, Adorno, Hurston, Ellison, Murray, Baraka, Henderson, Williams, Mackey, Spillers, O'Meally, Griffin, Moten, Edwards, Radano, Nancy, Szendy, Perry, Weheliye, Neal etc.) in conversation with key works and epochs in black letters.

Sample reading list:
Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Fred Moten, In the Break: The Black Radical Tradition
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
Nina Simone, I Put A Spell on You
Farah Jasmine Griffin, If You Can't Be Free, Be A Mystery
Theodor W. Adorno, Essays on Music
See instructor for complete list

Other Requirements:
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42552 S01 9:00 am - 11:50 am W   McCosh Hall   B14   Enrolled:12 Limit:15