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Junior Research Seminar: Black Marxisms: Literature and Radical Movement cancelled

ENGL 200.308
instructor(s):
TR 10:15-11:45am
fulfills requirements:
Sector 1: Theory and Poetics of the Standard Major
Sector 2: Difference and Diaspora of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major
Junior Research Seminar Requirement of the Standard Major

What is (or could be) black about revolution? How does race shape or reshape the history of activism? And what does literature have to do with radical politics in the first place? This course approaches these questions by examining how activist practice and theory have been developed in the African diaspora across the United States, the UK, and West and South Africa. In so doing, we will explore how race, lineage, nation, and migration affect black peoples’ understanding of class struggle and freedom. Literature can help us see how revolutionary ideas evolve over time, but this course builds up our shared understanding of “why” and “how” radical freedom visions change. Drawing together writings from the Black Panther Party, British Cultural Studies, and the editors of African Socialism, as well as social media, we will explore how geography, racial and ethnic identity interact with theories of the state and the liberatory potential of art. Students in this class will practice research methods including visual analysis, historicization, entering a scholarly debate, close reading, and revision.