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Delivery Mode: Individualized study
Prerequisite: MAIS 601 or a senior-level English course.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Program: Master of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies
Literary Studies 637 introduces students to the conceptual spaces and cultural productions of “the black Atlantic”: the migrations, occupations, and representations undertaken by Africans and their descendants in and after the trans-Atlantic slave trade, from early modernity to the present day.
As theorized by Paul Gilroy, this diasporic geography mobilizes black identities and cultural formations around the Atlantic: the western and southern African nations, Europe, and the Americas. This course concentrates on English-language literary, media, and performance texts from the West Indies, Canada, the USA, and the U.K. that articulate “the black Atlantic” as a theoretical concept and a lived experience at the intersection of slavery, empire, colonialism, and racism, in the linked modalities of race, class, and gender. Our navigation of the black Atlantic’s cultural routes is steered by representative texts from Anglophone writers and artists that speak to significant moments and movements in the black diaspora, from eighteenth-century abolition to twenty-first-century Afro-futurism.
To this end, we will read major black diasporic literary, critical, and multimedia texts to introduce students both to Gilroy’s theory of the black Atlantic—“a counter-culture of modernity”—and to critiques of this theory. The assigned texts thus outline and question the conceptual limits of the black Atlantic as a critical and creative instrument for imagining the dialectics of displacement and alienation, subjectivity and racialization, authenticity and artifice, imperialism and subalterity, and history and counter-memory.
On completion of LTST 637, the student will:
To receive credit for this course, students must participate in the online activities, successfully complete the assignments, and achieve a final mark of at least 60 per cent. Students should be familiar with the Master of Arts—Interdisciplinary Studies grading system. Please note that it is students' responsibility to maintain their program status. Any student who receives a grade of "F" in one course, or a grade of "C" in more than one course, may be required to withdraw from the program.
The following table summarizes the evaluation activities and the credit weights associated with them.
Course Home Page: You will find Course Information (including the Assignment File and other pertinent information) at the top of the course home page. You will also find your Study Guide presented unit by unit online. You will find your assignments and links to submit your work to your professor on the course home page.
Athabasca University Library: Students are encouraged to browse the Library's Web site to review the Library collection of journal databases, electronic journals, and digital reference tools: http://library.athabascau.ca.
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 2, January 1, 2013.
Updated April 03, 2019 by Student & Academic Services