CAAS 558 - Seminar in Black World Studies
Section: 001 Representations of Black Masculinity
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing or permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

In her introduction to Masculinity and Feminist Theory, Judith Gardiner argues that, as a contemporary social phenomenon, “masculinity is a nostalgic formation, always missing, lost, or about to be lost, its ideal form located in a past that advances with each generation in order to recede just beyond its grasp. Its myth is that effacing new forms can restore a natural, original male grounding.” This course will investigate 20th century Afro-American artistic representations of efforts to “restore” black masculinity in settings where social scripts (and, according to many, social realities) have historically militated against the assertion of – to use a vexed and highly contested phrase – black manhood. If transformed social conditions – including the Civil Rights movement and feminism’s emergence as a significant structuring force – have placed both hegemonic and nonhegemonic masculinities in the same rocky boat in search of the solid ground of stable meanings and gendered performances, how do we read “black manhood” at a point when mainstream feminisms have begun to take seriously the problems of “retaining masculinity as a coherent entity?” While being primarily engaged with literary narratives and a broad sampling of contemporary critical formulations, we will also spend some time investigating relevant films, discourses surrounding sports, and black popular music.

CAAS 558 - Seminar in Black World Studies
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001 (SEM)
Tu 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: Section 001: Meets with Eng 831
003 (SEM)
2Graduate Standing
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Section 003: Meets with Eng 627 and AC 699.001
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