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Sydney F Lewis
BIS 293
Bothell Campus

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Examines different subjects or problems from an interdisciplinary framework.

Class description

African American Literature and Culture This course tracks African-American Cultural productions (literature, performance, and film) from the 19th through 21st centuries. We will look at texts that "speak" to each other across decades (and sometimes centuries) in exploring, constructing, and deconstructing African-American identities. We will situate these texts within their “original? historical moment and explore why that historical moment has been re-invoked in the contemporary texts. Key questions include: What can the past tell us about the present? What are some alternate historical trajectories these texts point to? How do these texts re-imagine a new future?

Student learning goals

• To place African-American texts within a historical and sociopolitical context. • To uncover cultural links and legacies in African-American cultural productions within and beyond their historical moment. • To understand racialized histories and resistance in African-American culture. • To hone critical reading and interpretive skills through class discussion, projects, and writing assignments

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Sydney F Lewis
Date: 06/12/2012