AFAM1113: Black Popular Culture
ENGL/AFAM2362: Black in the 21st Century
AFAM/ENGL3664: Black Feminist Cosmogony
(Image credit: Wangechi Mutu, You Are My Sunshire, 2015. Collage.)
Using space as a metaphor, this course explores how Black feminist theory is built through, and subsequently helps build, both poetry and political writing/theory. Students will become familiarized with academic, popular, and emerging works in Black feminist theory and poetry. Each week covers a specific theme and includes topics like justice, womanism, queerness, art/visual culture, inheritance, hip hop/music, ecology, and the digital humanities. This course defines “poetry” broadly in terms of material and genre— there will be a wide variety forms of poetry assigned in this course. This includes traditional poets like Sonia Sanchez, Camille T. Dungy, and Danez Smith, as well as spoken word poets such as Aja Monet and Porsha Olayiwola, filmmakers like Marlon Riggs and Julie Dash, and musicians such as Lauryn Hill and Mos Def.
This course was last taught during Summer 2021.