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Spring 2012-2013
* AAS 378 / AMS 379 (HA)   na, npdf

Slavery's Afterlives

Aaron Y. Carico

This interdisciplinary seminar will focus on slavery's forms, structures, and logics. But, as the title suggests, it will also concentrate on those remnants of slavery that outlast its purported ends. We'll spend much of the semester surveying the boundary lines that are imagined to separate slavery and freedom (geographical, temporal, legal), bringing into question the times and spaces thought proper to each. Anchored in nineteenth-century America but extending into our own moment, our texts will address the entrapments of freedom, the life and death of the slave commodity, the racial protocols of the law, and the architectures of captivity.

Sample reading list:
Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Herman Melville, Benito Cereno
Michael O'Malley, Face Value: The Entwined Histories of Money and Race
Angela Davis, Are Prisons Obsolete
Colson Whitehead, The Intuitionist
Toni Morrison, Beloved
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading 150 pp per week; occasional reading responses; one 5-7 pp paper; one 15 pp final paper

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42778 S01 03:00:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T Th   Stanhope Hall   101   Enrolled:7 Limit:15