Topics in African American Literature: Black Atlantic Writers

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Part of UGA at Oxford. Drawing upon Paul Guilroy's concept of cultural identity being a result of both "roots" and "routes," this course will explore how movement and migration between Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the Caribbean complicate understandings of what it means to be black. In particular we will consider themes of symbolic locations, imagined communities, and the legacies of the Empire. We will read fiction and nonfiction, focusing primarily on the cultural histories of the abolitionist periods in Britain and the United States, the 1920s-40s, and the postmodern period. Discussed as well will be the influence of various cultural theories such as pan-Africanism, diaspora studies, and black postmodernism on literary representations of black experiences.