AAS 290 - Selected Topics in Black World Studies
Fall 2021, Section 004 - Hoop Dreams: Race and Basketball in America
Instruction Mode: Section 004 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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Details

Credits:
2
Other:
Minicourse
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Class Misc Info:
Meets 10/20/21-12/10/21. (Drop/Add Deadline 11/02/21.).
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Description

How does a spider trounce a lion? And why do so many African princes send emails promising immense wealth while showcasing such poor financial skills? During this course, we will examine the evolution of the trickster figure from folk literature to modern texts. Tricksters are found in different literary traditions, from ancient religious writings to modern detective fiction. They are as diverse as Kweku Ananse, Brer Rabbit, or Odysseus. While certain texts, particularly those from monotheistic cultures, tend to be wary of the trickster’s untrustworthiness, others regularly embrace his subversiveness. We will read from the Jero plays, The Fortunes of Wangrin and Diaries of a Dead African, and dip into online sketches. We will ask if it would be right to call the African trickster a culture hero. Whose side is he on, really? How do the reader and the society relate to someone who can convincingly be argued as problematic but is also entertaining? We will tackle these questions by focusing on textual analysis and how we judge African literary texts.

Course Requirements:

The assignments for this course include four short papers, a presentation, and active participation in class discussion.

  • Reading Journal: 40% Flash Research
  • Project& Presentation: 40%
  • Participation: 20%

Intended Audience:

This course is geared towards students who have interests in Afroamerican, African, and/or Caribbean studies. The course meets the 200-level area course requirement for DAAS majors and minors.

Class Format:

Seminar

Schedule

AAS 290 - Selected Topics in Black World Studies
Schedule Listing
003 (SEM)
 In Person
21867
Closed
0
1Fr or So
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TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
004 (SEM)
 In Person
21868
Closed
0
1Fr or So
5
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
005 (SEM)
 In Person
27816
Open
5
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
006 (SEM)
 In Person
27817
Closed
0
 
5
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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