CAAS 458 - Issues in Black World Studies
Section: 001 Gay Identity in the Black World
Term: FA 2006
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
3
Other:
Theme
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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The issues surrounding homophobia in the Black world are overwhelming and complex. This course will focus on three areas of the Black world, the U.S. communities of Color, the Caribbean, and Africa. The students in this class will be challenged to see the multiple constructs of homophobia. The usual frames of race, gender, class, and sexuality will be used as modes of analysis. Of primary importance to this class are the role of culture and violence as critical signifiers in the place and acceptance of sexual minorities in the Black world. The consequences of homosexuality in Jamaica, for example, are profoundly different to those in the U.S. and many African countries. The use of homophobic lyrics in popular Jamaican dance hall music drives the extreme acts of violence and harassment of those even perceived to be gay.

In the African countries we will examine the contradiction of traditional acceptance of sexual minorities as opposed to the modern vilification of these groups that keeps them essentially underground. Again these groups live in fear of death, ostracism and various forms of discrimination.

The material used for this class will draw from the works of Black gay writers in the Caribbean and the U.S. where there is a larger body of literature in this area. The readings from Africa will be culled from a variety of sources including underground networks. Students must be prepared to be creative and open to accessing information that is elusive.

Although there will be an emphasis on the particular problematic of male homosexuality and its various forms of expression, attention will be paid to lesbian issues and an interrogation of its apparent acceptance over male homosexuality. Is this a myth? Students who take this class must be prepared for controversial ideas and discourse.

CAAS 458 - Issues in Black World Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
27050
Open
12
 
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Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Section 001: Meets w/ WS 340.001
002 (SEM)
P
21937
Open
24
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Section 002: Meets w/ WS 444.001 Race and Identity in Music
004 (SEM)
P
22346
Open
11
 
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Th 3:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: Recommended courses CAAS 200 Globalization and African Health
005 (SEM)
P
25635
Open
21
 
1
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Section 005: Meets w/ Comm 478 Harlem Renaissance
006 (SEM)
P
25681
Open
8
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Section 006: Meets with AC 498.003.
007 (SEM)
P
27342
Open
21
 
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MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: Section 007: Meets w/ Anthro 458.001 Creolization: Linguistic and Anthropological Perspectives
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