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Fall 2013-2014
AAS 327 / LAS 335 / COM 376 (LA)  

Blackness in the Early Modern Atlantic World

Larissa Brewer-García

This comparative course examines notions of human difference (blackness in particular) via literature, travel writing, and other contemporary materials from Iberia, England, France, and the Americas. As we read these texts, we will consider how modern notions of race, gender, and sexuality have shaped our view of blackness in the early modern world, and, possibly, vice-versa. The ultimate aim of the course is to consider the overlaps and differences between paradigms, images, and theories of blackness generated by Iberian, English, and French contact with Africa, America, and the East.

Sample reading list:
Marco Polo, Description of the World
Heliodorus, An Ethiopian Romance
Miquel de Cervantes, Exemplary Novels
William Shakespeare, Othello
Pierre-Corneille Blessebois, The Zombie of Great Peru
Aphra Behn, Oroonoko
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
100-200 pages of reading per week. One class presentation, four reading responses, a midterm paper of 5 pages, and a final paper of 8-10 pages.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 15%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
LAS Concentrators must write their final paper on a Latin American topic and provide a copy of the final paper to PLAS in order to receive certificate credit.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23370 S01 3:00 pm - 4:20 pm M W   East Pyne Building   039   Enrolled:1 Limit:18