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Spring 2017-2018
* FRE 383 / HUM 383   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

The Black Metropolis

Alain P. Nganang

This class will examine the cinema and literature of the Black Metropolis. The course will focus on the cinematographic production that presents Black lives in metropolises of the world, particularly in Paris, along with theoretical work and novels to help us define the concept more cogently. Focus on Black social upward mobility and migration, Black identity and self-expression. We will look at issues related to both representation and aesthetics, and at the ways through which a transnational Blackness impacts the general politics of cultural representation in the world.

Sample reading list:
Drake/Clayton, Black Metropolis: A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City
Spike Lee, US, "Do the right thing"
Dominic Thomas, Black France
Gillo Pontecorvo, "The Battle of Algiers"
Frantz Fanon, "On Violence"
Jean Rouch, "Moi un noir"
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
A one page response paper is to be posted via blackboard after the screening sessions, before the Thursday discussion session. The response paper should include a personal point of view. Mid-term and Final Paper are submitted via Blackboard.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43445 C01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T Th   East Pyne Building   027   Enrolled:7 Limit:15