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This course provides an interdisciplinary examination of ideas and expressions of Blackness by (self-identified) Black people primarily in the United States from the nineteenth century to the present. Our inquiry shifts focus from “what” is blackness to “where” and “when” is blackness. Students will analyze the fluidity of blackness and the implications for the production of ideologies, discourses, and identities of Black people. Materials for analysis may include primary and secondary written texts, film, video, and audio by James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Beyoncé, Julie Dash, Saidiya Hartman, and Nina Simone. Areas of examination include intellectual thought, politics, religious culture, and arts.


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