HISTART 393 - Junior Proseminar
Section: 001 Expressive Cultures of the Black Atlantic: Vision and Time
Term: FA 2009
Subject: History of Art (HISTART)
Department: LSA History of Art
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Concentration in History of Art and upperclass standing.
Other Course Info:
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this course we're going to examine a variety of Black Atlantic visual cultures, both in Africa and in the Diaspora, with a focus on how historical memory and the experience of the passage of time are articulated in objects and performances. What, for example, are the poetics of trying to reclaim historical "African" origins when such a reconstruction is by definition impossible? The idea of allegory will run strongly through the course: the mourning of lost "ancient" wholeness marked also by the enduring hope that fragments of the past can be reassembled to redeem the present. This is not to say, of course, that the people whose lives and works we will discuss here are abjectly "living in the past" — though this very misconception has been rehearsed often in museum exhibitions devoted to the objectifying study of "Other" cultures. Here, we will concentrate on the ways in which the realities of a shifting present are addressed throughout the African Diaspora: in struggle, in celebration, and always in movement.

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HISTART 393 - Junior Proseminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
Tu 2:30PM - 5:30PM
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Greetings to you! I hope all is well in your world, and that you're enjoying these last few precious weeks of summer. Many adventures ahead! Sorry about the delay in getting these three books posted, but it couldn't be helped. They should be easy to find (wherever you happen to look), and none of them is expensive. Looking forward to seeing you soon. 'Til then, may All Good Things be yours..... Dr. D
ISBN: 067973256X
samba, Author: guillermoprieto, Publisher: Vintage 1991
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780807012215
Working the spirit : ceremonies of the african diaspora., Author: Murphy, Joseph M, Publisher: Beacon 1995
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0060891548
On Writing Well, Author: Zinsser, WIlliam, Publisher: Harper ANY 2006
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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