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Freedom: Afro-diasporic Improvisations with the Enlightenment

ENGL 573.401
crosslisted as: COML 570
Wednesdays 6-9:00 pm
fulfills requirements:
Sector 2: Difference and Diaspora of the Standard Major
Sector 5: 19th Century Literature of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major

 This course will consider various interruptions of and improvisations with Enlightenment thought about freedom staged by the African diaspora in the Americas through the early nineteenth century. We will focus almost exclusively on primary texts and emphasize Anglophone literature. However, rather than aim for historical or geographical coverage we will instead attend to the philosophical and political density of freedom. Our central questions will be: how do these texts perform freedom’s future?