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African Studies courses offered in Fall 2023:
AFST 222A: African Art (M5)
Kearns; Tue, Thu 2:00 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
AFST 281 A and B: Topics in Ethics: Race and Film (M3)
Moeller; Online Asynchronous
AFST 362 A: Narrative and Film
LaRue; Online Asynchronous
AFST 365 A: 20th C Black Women Writers (U2)
Waller-Peterson; Tue, Thu 2:00 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
AFST 222 A: African Art
Students will develop an aesthetic and cultural overview of African art, from prehistory to the present day. Sculpture is the primary medium studied in the course, but textiles, painting, artisanal works and architecture are also included. Students will consider how religion and cultural influences affect the development of regional and national styles. The influence of the African diaspora on art in Europe, Latin America, and the United States will be considered. Students will acquire the critical vocabulary required to analyze and interpret African art, and apply it to both discussion and writing. (M5) Kearns
AFST 281 A and B: Topics in Ethics: Race and Film
A study of the relationships among race, identities, experiences, film, and ethics. Some of the issues discussed are: How do our unique experiences shape our moral views? How are those experiences shaped by such differences as race, culture, gender, and family background? Can we gain moral knowledge from the testimonies of others? (If so, how? If not, why not?) How can film provide such testimonies? How can film disrupt our very tendency of think of film as representing reality - whether as it is or as it should be? Why are some films labeled "Black" or "African American"? What are such labels said to mean? So too with films labeled "Native American," or Indian," or "Indigenous," or "Latinx," or "Asian," or "Asian-American"? Are any films labeled "White" or "European-American"? Why or why not? What can we learn from studying critically how we think about films? How can we respond ethically to films? We will explore these issues through critical engagement with films. The course will be asynchronous and online, including mini-lectures, online discussions, readings and films. Students can do traditional papers and exams but also will have the option of alternative, customized, original, creative and/or other projects. (M3) Moeller
AFST 362 A: Narrative and Film
Through close analyses of contemporary imaginative films, this course examines the relationship between narrative and cinema. Addressing the medium's relationship with more traditional narrative forms (e.g., novels, short stories, etc.) and these forms' contributions to the constructions of categories of race, gender, sexuality, class, and (inter)nationally, we will explore the questions, "How do films narrate? and "What do they narrate?" By the end of the course, we should have a more complex understanding of how narratives are constructed, how the medium of film challenge us to reimagine the shape and limits of what a text might be, and what the narratives offered tell us about the state of our societies and/or cultures. Prereq: None. LaRue
AFST 365 A: 20th C Black Women Writers
This course explores the literature and critical writings of twentieth century Black women writers to analyze depictions of black womanhood, community, resistance and resilience. Possible writers include Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Octavia Butler, Ann Petry, Ntozake Shange, and others. Prerequisites: F1 and Junior/Senior standing. (U2) Waller-Peterson