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Fall 2013-2014
AAS 526   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Politics and Aesthetics of Black Queer Formations

Roderick A. Ferguson

This graduate seminar will analyze diasporic black queer cultures as political and philosophical engagements. In doing so, the course intervenes into three long-standing theoretical formulations--the senses, the associations, and politics, categories that have been famously examined by thinkers such as Aristotle, Spinoza, Hume, Kant, and Saussure. The course looks at how black queer artists and activists rearticulated these formulations as they engaged the exigencies of neoliberal state and economic formations.

Sample reading list:
Aliyah Abdur-Roman, Against the Closet: Black Political Longing and the Erotics
M. Jacqui Alexander, Pedagogies of Crossing: Meditations on Feminism, Sexual Poli
Aristotle, Poetics
David Bailey, Ian Baucom, and Sonia Boyce, Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain
Joseph Beam, In the Life
Rudolph Byrd, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, and Johnetta Cole, I am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audr
See instructor for complete list

Paper in lieu of Final - 90%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23373 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   McCormick Hall   272   Enrolled:3 Limit:10