ASRC 1841

ASRC 1841

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

How did Blackness become an object of curiosity, desire and fascination? How did it become exotic? In this course, we will see that this is not the result of a recent development in the representation of black bodies. Rather the construction of Blackness as exotic/erotic originates as far as the beginnings of colonialism. We will look at how and why black bodies have been sexualized and commodified through literary and media representation. We will then turn to works by black intellectuals and writers who analyze and resist this form of cultural consumption. Students will critically address these issues and demonstrate their knowledge of the material through close readings and essay writing.

When Offered Fall.

Satisfies Requirement First-Year Writing Seminar.

View Enrollment Information

Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17701 ASRC 1841   SEM 101

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at