AAST 490:
topics in african
american literature

haitian revolution

Course Description


Please click on image below: This course is an overview of African American Cultural Studies and aims to provide a critical examination of the principal theoretical currents animating contemporary African American cultural studies. The development of contemporary cultural studies will be traced by looking at texts by Hortense Spillers, Paul Gilroy, Fred Moten, Nahum Chandler, Alex Weheliye, and Frank Wilderson, amongst others. There will also be focus on performance and the afterlife of the Haitian Revolution, which will include examinations of the role of "monstrous intimacies" in the making of post-Reconstruction African American subjectivity and the relation of black culture and the police power after slavery. Both components will help the class ascertain how these theoretical texts have contributed to the rethinking of black culture witnessed in these studies. Past topics include: "From Black Studies to African American Studies and Back Again" and "Lynching: Histories and Representation."  

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Course Information

Same as ENGL 473. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): AAST 357 or AAST 360 or ENGL 357; and senior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.


Cultural Production & Analysis
Diasporic & Transnational Studies

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