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Fall 2012-2013
* AAS 426 / HIS 426 (HA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Memory, History and the African Diaspora

Joshua B. Guild

This course uses historical scholarship, memoir, visual art, fiction and music to examine the relationship between "history" and "memory" and the different ways that race and social power have shaped that relationship in the U.S. and across the African diaspora. It considers the role played by acts of remembering in struggles for justice and self-determination, as well as the place of forgetting and erasure in processes of exclusion. We will link representations of the black past to debates on such issues as public memorials, legal justice, reparations, and affirmative action.

Sample reading list:
Brophy, Alfred, Reconstructing the Dreamland: The Tulsa Race Riot of 1921
Hartman, Saidiya, Lose Your Mother: Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route
Trouillot, Michel-Rolph, Silencing the Past
Bradley, David, The Chaneysville Incident
Raiford, Leigh and Renee Romano, The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory
Elkins, Caroline, Imperial Reckonings
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
150-200 pgs. reading per week. Brief weekly responses; one oral presentation; final research project with intermediate deadlines (proposal, rough draft, workshop).

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 15%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Previous coursework in AAS recommended but not required..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22978 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Stanhope Hall   101   Enrolled:9 Limit:15