AAS 104 - First Year Humanities Seminar
Section: 005 Black Women, Black Arts
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Other:
FYSem
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Other Course Info:
(Cross-Area Courses). May not be included in a major.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

A “black” artist. A “female” artist. What do these identity-based labels mean to popular audiences, and how have their connotations changed from the nineteenth century to today? This seminar explores how African American women artists, musicians, writers, and performers have shaped their careers in response to — and in defiance of — cultural attitudes toward race and gender. In addition to discussing fine arts such as Edmonia Lewis’s nineteenth-century sculptures and Carrie Mae Weems’ contemporary photography, we will study popular performances from Sojourner Truth’s antislavery speeches to the hit songs of Ma Rainey, the “mother of the blues,” and Janelle Monáe’s funk/soul Afrofuturism. Finally, we will examine themes of authorship, identity, and anti-censorship in literary works including Ntozake Shange’s Broadway hit for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf and a graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s neo-slave narrative Kindred.

AAS 104 - First Year Humanities Seminar
Schedule Listing
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
005 (SEM)
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31964
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18Y1
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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32706
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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