Fall 2018

Black Speculative Fictions

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-213  |  English, as ENGL-258


Marisa Parham (Section 01)


(Offered as ENGL 258 and BLST 213 [D]) The very idea of the future presents a particular challenge when thinking about Black populations characterized by multiple overlapping experiences of displacement, including displacements in space—diaspora, migration, enslavement—and displacements in time—the middle passage as temporal fracture but also as beginning, the materiality of African pasts. How have futures been conceptualized by Black diasporic communities? What does it mean to transform heavy presents and pasts into visions for better, more livable worlds? This semester we will survey black speculative fiction from the nineteenth through twentieth centuries, looking at topics including Afrofuturism, enslavement, colonialism, science and technology, environmentalism, and dystopia.

Limited to 30 students. Fall semester. Professor Parham.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to English and Black Studies majors and Amherst students.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Speaking, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2018