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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

English - Elective 2, topic 3: The Cultures of the Black Atlantic

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Time
Autumn
Programme level Bachelor
ECTS 7,5 ECTS
Course responsible
  • Eva Rask Knudsen (5-677463756d426a776f306d7730666d)
  • Department of English, Germanic and Romance Studies
Course number: HENB01109U

Course content

This course traces how black cultures have travelled (into) the world, from imperial, colonial, and postcolonial times up until the current age of globalisation. The course is inspired by Paul Gilroy’s seminal work The Black Atlantic (1993) in which Gilroy re-explores the former triangular trade routes as significant ‘cultural’ trade routes that initiated a vibrant global spreading and transformation of African-derived cultures in new geographical domains. Gilroy employs ‘the ship’ as an emblem of cultural passage and of a discursive process through which black peoples, cultures, and ideas came to influence and challenge Western modernity culture and perceptions of race, blackness, and identity. The Black Atlantic refers to a transnational and transcultural perception of identity which is dynamic, fluid and constantly in process - like ‘the ship’ always in transit between moments of departure and arrival. From this vantage point we shall study a diverse selection of texts and explore the relationship between roots and routes, History and story, home and belonging and what it means to be black in the periods covered by our readings.

Remarks

The course may both be taken in tandem with or independently from ‘Introduction to Postcolonial Studies’.

Education

Engelsk

Studyboard

Study board of English, Germanic and Romance Studies

Duration

1 semester

Schedulegroup

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Teaching and learning methods

Class instruction

Language

English

Literature

Texts: Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African (1789), W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk (1903), Caryl Phillips, Crossing the River (1993), Zadie Smith, ‘The Embassy of Cambodia’ and Chimamanda Adichie,  Americanah (2013). Additional shorter texts – literary, musical, critical, and theoretical – will help us understand how ‘black’ culture has interacted with Western modernity culture for centuries. Full course plan will be uploaded to ABSALON in August 2016.

Workload

Category Hours
Preparation 162,75
Lectures 42
English 204,75

Exam

Type of assessment

Other

Criteria for exam assessment

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