African-American Culture and Its Theories

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  • SS 12


Course Description

Cultural Studies assume that differences between groups of people are constructed with the help of linguistic marking and the practices of media. In this course, we will analyze such ideological discourses with the help of competing theories. We will compare concepts such as 'race,' 'ethnicity,' 'the Negro,' 'orality,' 'Black music', and 'passing' in texts from the 19th and the first half of the 20th century as well as more recent notions of performativity, postcolonialism, and liminality. We will analyze and discuss not only theoretical texts, but fictional ones as well.
This is a project seminar. Every student will analyze a text and contribute to an extensive group presentation. You will design your own project which will be introduced, discussed, and developed cooperatively, with the whole seminar group.
There will be extra film viewing sessions on Mondays starting at 4 p.m.

Course dates

  • Thu 10:15 - 11:45 am
  • film screening Mon 4:00 - 6:00 pm


  • R. 0.420