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Fall 2013-2014
* AAS 412 / ENG 425 / LAO 412 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Cultures of the Afro-Diaspora

Alexandra T. Vazquez

This course analyzes key readings and studies on Afro-diasporic cultures across the Americas in the 20th century. From reggae's unrelenting rhythms to the dances that move carnaval, the New World thrums with activity from populations that have persevered conditions of displacement to create new aesthetic forms. We will investigate expansive notions of blackness that move beyond national paradigms and the productive pressure that performance puts on ontologies of identity such as the Afro-Latino, African American, and West Indian in theory and literature. Artists include Bob Marley, Katherine Dunham, Jorge Ben, and Patato y Totico.

Sample reading list:
Edwidge Danticat, After the Dance: A Walk Through Carnival in Jacmel, Haiti
Kwame Dawes, Natural Mysticism: Towards a New Reggae Aesthetic
Eduoard Glissant, Poetics of Relation
Lydia Cabrera, Afro-Cuban Tales
Katherine Dunham, Island Possessed
Aime Cesaire, Discourse on Colonialism
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students are required to hand in two, two-page typed response papers for the semester.

Mid Term Exam - 30%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 15%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20594 L01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm T Th   Stanhope Hall   201   Enrolled:13 Limit:45
P01 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   Stanhope Hall   201   Enrolled:0 Limit:12