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New Classes in Black Studies

Spring 2020

DANC 104-03 & 104-04: CultDance I: Jamaican Dances-Lec/Stu Nicolette M. Ferguson M & W 10:00-10:25 am & 10:30-11:20 am Schrader 152

Basic principles and movement techniques of various folk or ethnic dance styles. Participation at dance concerts, reading and writing assignments, and video evaluation will be required. (May be taken twice under different subtitles.) Offered spring, odd years

ENGL 368-01: Connections-Recent: African Literature  Olaocha N. Nwabara T & Th 12:30-2:10 pm Welles 119

This course examines the works of primarily continental, as well as global African, writers to understand African literature within the context of the lives of continental Africans in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Students will develop grounded approaches to examining African literature by engaging Africa from the perspectives of the artists writing within, as well as in exile from, their communities. Interdisciplinary texts are used to help contextualize the histories, cultures, politics, and societies of the three regions of examination (West Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa). Literature, film, and to a lesser extent music are incorporated into the course, providing students an opportunity to read a variety of African texts coming from the artists, who recognize the significance of using various types of media in representing African culture, people, languages, and ideas. Major texts may include works from Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Ousmane Sembene, Wole Soyinka, Fela Kuti, Ama Ata Aidoo, Tsitsi Dangaremgba, Miriam Makeba, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.  

ENGL 424-01: The Novel: Toni Morrison Trilogy Beth A. McCoy W & F 12:30-2:10 pm Welles 134 

For this course, we engage Morrison's Beloved, Jazz, and Paradise. As part of understanding the reach of Morrison's craft through culture and time, we'll read short excerpts from Dante Alighieri’s Commedia (Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso): no Dante experience required, btw. Expect a lot of looping back, a lot of things to happen that might not seem understandable or significant at the moment but that might do something (different) a little while later after things have accumulated a bit more. Expect also to consider the complexities and violence of accumulation. As part of this exploration, students will demonstrate

• the ability to join the conversation collaboratively

• the ability to reflect upon the risks and rewards of that collaboration.