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Fall 2013-2014
AAS 411 / ART 471 / AFS 411 (LA)  

Art, Apartheid, and South Africa

Chika O. Okeke-Agulu

Apartheid, the political doctrine of separation of races in South Africa (1948-1990), dominated the (South) African political discourse in the second half of the 20th century. While it lasted, art and visual cultures were marshaled in the defense and contestation of its ideologies. Since the end of Apartheid, artists, filmmakers, dramatists, and scholars continue to reexamine the legacies of Apartheid, and the social, philosophical, and political conditions of non-racialized South Africa. Course readings examine issues of race, nationalism and politics, art and visual culture, and social memory in South Africa.

Sample reading list:
Arnold and Schmahmann eds., Between Union and Liberation
J.M. Coetzee, White Writing: On the Culture of Letters in South Africa
Fiona Ross, Bearing Witness: Women and the TRC in South Africa
Atkinson and Breitz eds., Grey Areas: Representation, Identity and politics in SA
Tsotsi (Film), Life and Times of Sarah Baartman (film)
John Peffer, Art and the End of Apartheid
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Student is expected to read 80 - 150 pages per week. Two research term papers on topics relating directly or indirectly to the course material. This could be on relevant concepts, individual artist or group, on (a) work(s) of art, or on various aspects of South African visual culture. Before writing term papers, students must discuss topics individually with the instructor.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23424 S01 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm T   McCormick Hall   363   Enrolled:11 Limit:15