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Fall 2018-2019
* AAS 363 / ENG 439 / AMS 362 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Blackness and Media

Autumn M. Womack

Working across a range of sites (film, photography, literature, newsprint, music) this course thinks critically about media, blackness, and social life. In the service of expanding our conceptions of media we will draw together unlikely titles and works from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. How, we will ask, has media been the site where blackness gets communicated, created, negotiated, and re-imagined? How does blackness operate as both a media and medium? And, how do black writers, thinkers, and artists negotiate the formal limits of media, and what might this reveal about black aesthetics?

Sample reading list:
Ida B. Wells, A Red Record
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight
James Weldon Johnson, Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man
Kathleen Collins, Losing Ground
Issa Rae, Insecure
Arthur Jafa, Love is the Message, The Message is Death
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
100 pages/week. In-class presentation, two short analytical essays, and participation in weekly class blog. Final project (30%) will include a rigorous research component and a "popular" iteration of that research. This may take the form of a highly curated Instagram account that expresses and/or visualizes the logic of your research, an essay published on a blog, or podcast. During the last week of class you will have the opportunity to share your project proposal with the class.

Other Exam - 30%
Papers - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23255 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Stanhope Hall   201   Enrolled:10 Limit:15 Closed