Spring 2023 Undergraduate English Courses
358:381 Towards a Global Conception of Blackness: Music, Movements, and Literature
African American Literature
01 TTH4 CAC 05411 PETERSON CA-A4
Towards a Global Conception of Blackness: Music, Movements and Literature
Scholars continue to ask for a more nuanced and global reading of Blackness. This course surveys the socio-historical and philosophical underpinnings of a move towards a global conception of Blackness through literary, musical, and political practice. In the Black literary tradition, music and language merge as a mechanism for writing singing books. These books can be utilized to both organize and question socio-cultural formations. Throughout the semester, we will study these singing books as a way to uncover the connection between sound, movements, and literature. The core of our study will highlight Blackness as not only a political category from which art and social movements are organized, but one in which tactics are developed and strategies for change are implemented.