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Spring 2017-2018
* AAS 411 / ART 471 / AFS 411 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

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
Annie Coombes, History After Apartheid: Visual Culture
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. Present 2-3 topics in class, in addition to an oral presentation of term paper topic in the last week of class. Additional term paper in lieu of final.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 45%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40315 S01 07:30:00 pm - 10:20:00 pm T   McCormick Hall   103   Enrolled:14 Limit:15 Closed