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Black Feminist Performnce cancelled

ENGL 570.401
also offered as: AFRC 570
Thursdays 6:00-9:00 pm

Bessie, Beyonce, and 20th Century Black Women Performers
African American women performers from blues woman Bessie Smith to French
cabaret star Josephine Baker, from jazz darling Billie Holiday to rock icon
Tina Turner, and from hip hop legend Lauryn Hill to millennial star Beyonce,
have constantly redefined and expanded American popular music.  Using the long
20th century as our historical marker, this course will explore how African
American women performers have consciously and sometimes contradictorily
navigated the racial and sexual limits of American popular culture in order to
assert their own particular narratives of artistic and political freedom.

fulfills requirements
Elective of the Standard Major
Sector 2: Difference and Diaspora of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major
Pre-1900 Seminar Requirement of the Standard Major