African and African-American Studies
Choate House, HB 6134
34 North Main Street
Hanover, NH 03755
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The “Life of Malcolm X” murals were painted by Florian Jenkins in 1972. The eight panels depict the life and assassination of the human rights activist. The murals were sponsored by the Afro-American Society and are located in Cutter-Shabazz Hall.
AAAS 14 Pre-colonial African History (Identical to HIST 5.1)
This course will examine the social and economic history of Africa to 1800. Several interrelated themes of social organization, the expansion of trade, rise of new social classes, the emergence and disintegration of various states and European intervention will be discussed. Through our readings, we will visit every major historical region of Africa (north, east, central, west and south) at least once during the semester to illuminate the various themes.
(2A) Sackeyfio. NW, SOC.
AAAS 16 Many Faces of Latin America (Identical to LACS 4)
The Spanish discovery and conquest of this continent created Latin America and the Caribbean out of the diverse and complex realities of the pre-Columbian world. Since colonial times Latin American and Caribbean cultures have developed against a background of cultural repression, racial conflict, political domination, colonial exploitation, and gender inequality. And yet, in the midst of all this turmoil, Latin America and the Caribbean have produced an extraordinary variety and wealth of artistic creations, ranging from literature to the visual arts, from music to film. In this course we will turn to some of the works by Latin American and Caribbean artists and writers in an attempt to illuminate and explore some of the wonders of the cultural dynamics that shape the many faces of what we call Latin America and the Caribbean.
(10A) Walker & Bueno. NW, LIT.
AAAS 24 The Black Radical Tradition in America (Identical to HIST 37)
This course introduces major currents in the history of black radical thought, with a particular focus on the U.S. after emancipation. This class encourages students to define and evaluate radicalism in the shifting contexts of various liberation struggles. By exploring dissenting visions of social organization and alternative definitions of citizenship and freedom as expressed through nonviolence, armed rebellion, black nationalism, Pan Africanism, socialism, communism, anticolonialism, feminism, queer theory and integrationism, students will confront the meaning of the intersection of race, gender, class and sexuality in social movements.
(11) Rickford. W, SOC.
AAAS 39 History of Jazz (Identical to MUS 5)
This course examines jazz from its origins to the present, with special attention to pivotal figures in the history of jazz such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman. Class work includes listening to, analyzing, and discussing a wide variety of recorded jazz performances, and watching jazz films. Class sessions include performances by visiting artists. Outside of class, students will attend live jazz performances, listen to recordings, and read about the artists who brought this music to life. The goal is to help increase understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the great American art form called jazz.
(10A) Haas. W, ART.
AAAS 51 Masterpieces of Literature from Africa (Identical to COLT 51 and ENGL 53)
Providing students with a specific and global view of the diversity of literatures from the African continent, we will read texts in English or translated from French, Portuguese, Arabic and African languages. Through novels, short stories, poetry, and drama, we will explore the colonial encounter, conflict between tradition and modernity, negotiation of African identities, post-independence disillusion, gender issues, apartheid and post-apartheid. Discussing this variety of literatures from a comparative context, we will assess similarities and differences apparent in the cultures and historical contexts from which they emerge. Readings include Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, Naguib Mahfouz's Midaq Alley, Calixthe Beyala's The Sun Hath Looked Upon Me, Camara Laye's The African Child, and Luandino Vieira's Luanda.
(10A) Coly. NW, INT or LIT.
AAAS 54 Topics in African Theater & Performance (Identical to THEA 23)
This course introduces the student to the startling diversity of sub-Saharan African theatre performance. Through an exploration of performance traditions and plays, the course addresses the cultural and political complexities of this troubled but vibrant continent. The course is organized around a series of key issues and debates, such as the intersection of ritual and theater, the role of colonialism and imperialism, resistance to the state, gender and performance, and the theater of war. Although the performance traditions and playwrights of several countries will be touched upon in the course of the term, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda receive a strong emphasis. Open to all classes.
(11) Edmondson. NW, ART.
AAAS 60 Slavery & Emancipation in Latin America & the Caribbean (Identical to HIST 86 and LACS 58)
For over 300 years, Africans were transported to Latin America and the Caribbean to work as enslaved laborers. This course will examine the history of African slavery in the region from the beginning of the Atlantic slave trade to the abolition of slavery in Brazil in 1888. For each class session, students will review primary source documents such as autobiographies, slave codes, plantation journals, visual images, and anti-slavery tracts as well as historical scholarship. (Formerly AAAS 83.3)
(10) Goldthree. NW, SOC or INT.
AAAS 67 Colonial & Post-colonial Masculinities (Identical to COLT 67, WGST 52 and ENGL 54)
In this course, we will develop an understanding of masculinity as a construct which varies in time and space, and is constantly (re)shaped by such factors as race, class, and sexuality. The contexts of the colonial encounter and its post-colonial aftermath will set the stage for our examination of the ways in which social, political, economic, and cultural factors foster the production of specific masculinities. Texts include, Achebe's Things Fall Apart, Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Lafferiere's How to Make Love to a Negro, and additional writings by Irish, Indian, and Australian authors. Our study will be organized around the questions of the production of hegemonic and subaltern masculinities, the representation of the colonial and post-colonial male body, the militarization of masculinity, and the relation between masculinity and nationalism. Theoretical material on masculinities will frame our readings.
(2A) Coly. LIT.
AAAS 86 Nationalism & Revolution in the Caribbean (Identical to HIST 84 and LACS 54)
The islands of the Caribbean have served as the site for two of the most significant revolutionary upheavals of the modern era-the Haitian Revolution and the Cuban Revolution and have produced anti-colonial luminaries such as José Marti, Frantz Fanon, Marcus Garvey, and Claudia Jones. This course will explore the origin, trajectory, and outcome of nationalist struggles in the Caribbean from the eighteenth-century to the present through primary and secondary materials, memoirs, fiction, and film.
(2) Goldthree. NW, INT or SOC.
AAAS 86.2 Race, Class, Gender & Sexuality in Contemporary Brazilian Film (Identical to FS 42 and COLT 67.2)
Film, for the purpose of this class, will be viewed as text and analyzed for articulations of national discourses on the four topic areas mentioned above. It is the hope that film will offer students an additional cultural context to examine critically the development of nation and national ideologies such as "the myth of racial democracy." Class discussions based on critical readings and film screenings will focus on how Brazilians view themselves and the construction and function of social institutions within the contemporary nation. Both film and critical readings will be used for in-class engagement.
(3B) Salgueiro. CI, INT.
AAAS 88.4 Black Women Writers (Identical to ENGL 74.19)
This course will examine the poetry, plays, essays and novels of a variety of twentieth century Black women writers. Our discussions will include analyses of the ways in which Western and non-Western influences are reflected in protagonists' use of language, their negotiation of different locales and in their construction of female communities. Authors may include Ama Ata Aidoo, Louise Bennett, Maryse Condé, Edwidge Dandicat, Zora Neale Hurston, Jamaica Kincaid, Toni Morrison and Gloria Naylor.
(10A) Vasquez. W, LIT.
AAAS 90.1 Identity & Power in the Americas (Identical to LACS 80)
This course examines how different forms of collective identity—including class, race, ethnicity, indigeneity and gender—have shaped Latin American and Latino politics in the 20th and 21st centuries. We will focus on a range of cases in Latin America and the U.S. to address the following questions: In what ways does the state create and sustain certain categories of identity as the basis for political inclusion and exclusion? What explains changes in the political salience of certain categories of collective identity? Why do some identities become politically salient and others do not? How have forms of political representation changed over the past century? How does state policy affect the ability of groups to mobilize and press for demands? How do organized groups affect state policy? What are the possibilities and limitations of identity-based mobilization?
(2A) Baldez. NW, INT or SOC.
**You may also want to check out Professor King's new course**
SOCY 79.8 Lest We Forget: History, Collective Memory & Slavery at Dartmouth
Beyond noting that Wheelock owned slaves, little is known of Dartmouth's other historical connections, if any, to the institution of slavery. This research seminar investigates the college's economic entanglement in the trade and slaveholding; as a site for the intellectual legitimation and contestation of slavery; and the contributions of enslaved persons to its development. We will also review the origins, findings and responses to similar collective memory projects at other institutions including Brown, Emory and Yale.
(3A) King. Prerequisite: Any sociology course or permission of the instructor.
AAAS 89: Independent Study in African and African American Studies
Available to students who wish to independently explore aspects of African and African American Studies which are not included in courses currently offered at Dartmouth. Open to qualified students with permission of the course instructor and the Chair. (Obtain Proposal Form in the program office.) No student may take more than two such courses without the approval of the Chair. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
AAAS 97: Senior Independent Research in African and African American Studies
For senior African and African American Studies majors toward the culminating experience, with permission of selected instructor and the Chair. (Obtain Proposal Form in the program office.)
AAAS 98-99: Honors Thesis in African and African American Studies, two terms of senior year with selected AAAS faculty member
The honors student will pursue the project under guidance of selected faculty member and with permission of the Chair. See "A Guide to Honors in African and African American Studies."
Last Updated: 11/13/13