AAS 362 - Expressive Cultures of the Black Atlantic: Vision and Time
Section: 001
Term: WN 2013
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
HISTART 208/AAS 208 and upperclass standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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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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AAS 362 - Expressive Cultures of the Black Atlantic: Vision and Time
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 9780807012208
Working the spirit : ceremonies of the African diaspora, Author: Murphy, Joseph M., 1951-, Publisher: Beacon Press 1994
ISBN: 9780394571898
Samba, Author: Guillermoprieto, Alma, 1949-, Publisher: Knopf 1990
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0061999903
On Writing Well The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, 35th Anniversary Edition., Publisher: Harpercollins 2011
ISBN: 9780807046081
Culture and truth : renewing the anthropologist's search for meaning, Author: Rosaldo, Renato., Publisher: Beacon Press 1989
ISBN: 0521270936
How societies remember, Author: Connerton, Paul., Publisher: Cambridge Univ. Press 2010
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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