ENGL 318 A: Black Literary Genres

Afrofuturism: Black Speculative and Science Fiction

Meeting Time: 
TTh 11:30am - 1:20pm
THO 135
Louis Chude-Sokei

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Afrofuturism: Black Speculative and Science Fiction

In the last two decades we have been witness to a remarkable increase in fantasy, speculative and science fiction writers by black writers in North America, the Caribbean, Europe and on the African continent. This interest has been paralleled by a surge of new work by black artists in music, the visual arts as well as criticism/theory that has begun to coalesce into the cultural/artistic/musical “movement” called Afrofuturism. This class is an introduction to the various shapes that this work comes in, particularly here in the United States. It is also an exploration of the various historical contexts, themes and tendencies in this work as well as its cultural impact and political ramifications.

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Considers how generic forms and conventions have been discussed and distributed in the larger context of African American, or other African diasporic literary studies. Links the relationship between generic forms to questions of power within social, cultural, and historical contexts. Offered: jointly with AFRAM 318; AWSp.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
March 21, 2016 - 9:10am