HISTORY 196 - First-Year Seminar
Section: 002 Imagining the Congo
Term: WN 2008
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Other:
FYSem
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

What kinds of relationships exist among myth, fiction, imagination, and history, especially for a central African location like the Congo whose history has known so much creativity, myth-making, and violence?

This course will consider how novelists, painters, comic artists, filmmakers, and historians have imagined the Congo and such iconic historical figures as King Leopold, Patrice Lumumba, and Mobutu. Beginning with Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, we will examine outsiders' narratives about this central African (post-)colony, and also analyze various sources, including Congolese tales, epics, sculptures, paintings, memoirs, and novels, to question Euroamerican representations, interrogate cliches, and see how Congolese themselves imagine, write, and remember history.

A basic introduction to Congolese history and to historical thinking and method.

HISTORY 196 - First-Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
19101
Open
2
2Y1
-
WF 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
19102
Closed
0
1Y1
-
W 3:00PM - 6:00PM
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