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ENGL 553 F - Seminar Later American Lit - Seminar in Later American Lit

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Course Information: May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite: One college course devoted entirely to an aspect of American studies or consent of instructor.

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Speculative Pessimisms - This course will engage with the literary and cultural movement called Afrofuturism, as well as black speculative fiction more broadly, alongside theories of Afro-Pessimism. Our project will be to consider how these two movements might have both a similarly pessimistic and a similarly imaginative provenance. The Afro-Pessimist position insists that the violent exclusion of black non-being creates the conditions for the existence of the Human, and indeed that civil society-s structuring around anti-blackness, and the position of the black subject vis-a-vis that society, is one of irreconcilable antagonism. How might we understand this analysis as a speculative one-in Jared Sexton-s words, how might we unpack -the rhetorical dimensions of the discourse of Afro-Pessimism [. . .] and the productive theoretical effects of the fiction it creates-- Conversely, how might we consider the increasingly wide reach of the speculative, writ broadly, in 21st century

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Fall


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