COMPLIT 300 - Global Humanities
Fall 2021, Section 002 - Engaging the Contemporary
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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Meets 10/25/21-12/10/21 (Drop/Add Deadline 11/02/21.).
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This class is focused on contemporary moments. It will be structured around three main topics – Covid19, climate change, and racial inequalities in North America (especially the Black Lives Matter Movement). We will focus on the documentation of our experience within, across, and through all three of these categories. You will be encouraged to present your thoughts, readings, and opinions and critiques through media that you believe are most well-equipped to bring out the multiple facets of your research.


  • Quarantine diaries (any format)
  • Living in confinement
  • The inward turn (exploring interiority)

Climate change

  • What is the relationship of climate change with our future?
  • What is the relationship of climate change with literature and popular culture?

Black Lives Matter

  • Police Brutality
  • The every day – (for eg. Racist attacks when you are birdwatching in the park)
  • Popular movements
  • Oral histories of racial violence

Films and TV Series

  • 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 — Available to rent
  • Blindspotting (Carlos López Estrada) — Hulu with Cinemax or available to rent
  • Clemency (Chinonye Chukwu) — Available to rent
  • Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
  • Fruitvale Station (Ryan Coogler) — Available to rent
  • I Am Not Your Negro (James Baldwin doc) — Available to rent or on Kanopy
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Barry Jenkins) — Hulu
  • Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — Available to rent for free in June in the U.S.
  • King In The Wilderness — HBO
  • See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
  • Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
  • The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
  • When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
  • #BlackAF
  • Blackish (Hulu)
  • Insecure (Amazon Prime)


COMPLIT 300 - Global Humanities
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (REC)
 In Person
W 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Note: Course meets for the second half of the semester (October 27-December 8).
003 (REC)
 In Person
W 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: Meets 10/25/21-12/10/21

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