Spring 2019

The AfroPostmodern

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-305

Formerly listed as: BLST-23

Moodle site: Course

Faculty

John Erwin Drabinski (Section 01)

Description

[CLA/D] This course examines the meaning of “the postmodern” in contemporary Caribbean and African-American philosophy, cultural theory, and the arts. What is the postmodern? And how does the experience of the Americas transform the meaning of postmodernity? Four basic concepts guide our inquiry: fragmentation, nomad, rhizome, and creoleness. Short readings from European theorists will provide the backdrop for our treatment of how the experiences of the Middle Passage, colonialism, and postcolony life fundamentally transform postmodern ideas. In tracking this transformation, readings and reflections will explore the possible meanings of the AfroPostmodern in the works of Édouard Glissant, Antonio Benítez-Rojo, Wilson Harris, and Patrick Chamoiseau. In addition, with such theoretical considerations in place, the class will examine the specifically AfroPostmodern significance of aesthetic practices in dub, sampling, graffiti, and anti-racist irony. Lastly, the class will consider how AfroPostmodern conceptions of mixture, counter-narrative, and syncretism offer an alternative to dominant accounts of modernity and globalization.

Spring semester. Professor Drabinski.

Keywords

Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Writing, Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English

Offerings

2019-20: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010, Spring 2019