COML 4945

COML 4945

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2014-2015.

The course examines how postcolonial African writers and filmmakers engage with and revise controversial images of bodies and sexuality-genital cursing, same-sex desire, HIV/AIDS, genital surgeries, etc. Our inquiry also surveys African theorists' troubling of problematic tropes and practices such as the conception in 19th-century racist writings of the colonized as embodiment, the pathologization and hypersexualization of colonized bodies, and the precarious and yet empowering nature of the body and sexuality in the postcolonial African experience. As we focus on African artists and theorists, we also read American and European theorists, including but not certainly limited to Giorgio Agamben, Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes, and Joseph Slaughter, detecting the ways in which discourses around bodies in the African context may shape contemporary theories and vice versa.

When Offered Fall.

Permission Note Enrollment limted to: 15 students.

Distribution Category (CA-AS)

Comments Co-meets with ASRC 6945/COML 6945/FGSS 6945/LGBT 6945/VISST 6945.

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  • 17061COML 4945  SEM 101

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  • Instruction Mode:
    Limited to 15 students.