COML 3975

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2017-2018.

Are you an Afropolitan? Are you a Cosmopolitan? Perhaps yes, perhaps no? How is afropolitanism different from cosmopolitanism, diaspora, or pan-africanism? How about finding it out while exploring the theoretical, conceptual, fictional, cinematic, popular, and fashion manifestations of Afropolitanism. Coined in 2005 by fiction writer Taiye Silasi, Afropolitanism designates a new of mode of being African in the world. Afropolitans are this young and glamorous generation of African cosmopolitans (artists and intellectuals, such as Lupita Nyong'o, Teju Cole, Chimamanda Adichie, and Taye Silasi ) for whom the continent is no longer the repository of all that is wrong with humanity. This course will explore the history, politics, and ideologies of Afropolitanism and how the concept has been taken up in African fashion, theory, cinema, and literature. Readings include texts by Achille Mbembe, Simon Gikandi, Miriam Pahl,Taiye Selasi´s "Bye-Bye Barbar," Chimamanda Adichie's Americanah, NoViolet Bulawayo's We Need New Names, Dinaw Mengestu's The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. 

When Offered Fall.

Breadth Requirement (GB)
Distribution Category (CA-AS)

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  •   Combined with: ASRC 3975ENGL 3975

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17271COML 3975  SEM 101