Culture and Identity: The Race for Criticism: African-American Culture and its Critics

AFRICAN AND AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES 3300

What are the stakes of cultural criticism? Whom do we trust to tell us when something is a classic novel, album or film? Professional Critics? Fan reviews? Academic analysts? How is such acclaim, or denunciation, determined? Indeed, the stakes of these questions are only heighted when critique is directed at works produced by African-Americans. In this course we will consider these questions and more by reading/viewing/listening to a series of canonical African American cultural texts across mediums (ex.?Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God,?Marvin Gaye's?What's Going On) Upon?initial read/listen/view students will work through methods of close reading of primary texts and provide their own critical review. Beyond?engaging with canonical works and?multidisciplinary?methods?this course would introduce students to the various ways that black cultural production, as a whole, is?critically?received; what type of expectations are set? Where are these works consumed and reviewed? What kind of language do critics consistently use? Etc. This?will aid students in gaining a sense of?their own?subjectivity in?relation to their subject matter.
Course Attributes: EN H; BU Hum; BU BA; AS HUM; FA HUM; AR HUM; FA CPSC

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Culture and Identity: The Race for Criticism: African-American Culture and its Critics
INSTRUCTOR: Manditch-Prottas
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