Fall 2013

Slavery and the American Imagination

Moodle site: Course

Faculty

Hilary J. Moss (Section 01)

Description

This interdisciplinary seminar explores how Americans have imagined slavery over time. Drawing from works of history, fiction, and film, this course examines depictions of the "peculiar institution" to uncover connections between America's racial past and its racial present. Specific discussion topics include the origins of American slavery; the slave narrative; the emergence of radical abolitionism and pro-slavery ideology; the invention of the South; the politics of slavery in the Civil Rights era; the "discovery" of slave society; the "Roots" of black power; agency and resistance; slavery in contemporary fiction; and slavery and autobiography. Weekly readings will span a wide array of primary sources including poetry, short essays, novels, and slave narratives. There will also be occasional film screenings.  Two class meetings per week. 

Fall semester.  Professor Moss.

If Overenrolled: Handled by Dean of New Students

Offerings

2015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013